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NTID student remembered
Rochester, N.Y. - 24 year old Timothy Holmes was a popular and well-liked graduate student at NTID. He met the college President on the first day of classes his freshman year back in 2008, and the two became friends.
NTID President Gerry Buckley said Holmes' sudden death Wednesday left him and the 1,400 students on-campus, in shock. He said there were no underlying health problems. Police said the death isn’t suspicious and there were no signs of alcohol and drugs. Holmes was found dead on a mattress in the basement of the apartment he shared off-campus with other students.
An autopsy is being performed to determine how he died.
Buckley said this hit students hard. Many showed up to school crying and consoling one another on the ground floor of the building. Counseling was offered to students and to the young men who lived with Holmes in his off-campus apartment.
Buckley said Holmes was a joy and the life of the party. He made friends easily and his heart was in the theater, where he often won the lead in NTID productions.
He will be remembered at the school’s apple festival Friday and a larger service is planned for in the future.
Holmes was originally from Georgia but has lived in Rochester since 2008, when he started school at NTID.