BREAKING: Radford University student dies.


Radford University student Zachary Lugar has passed away. Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Mark Shanley informed Radford University students in an email Tuesday morning.

“Dear Radford University Colleagues: I am writing in deep sadness to inform the campus community of the passing of Zachary Lugar, a senior, Interdisciplinary Studies major from Roanoke, VA.

Since learning this tragic news, members of the Student Affairs staff have been reaching out and offering assistance to those who were closest to Zachary. Please know that grief counseling is available at RU Student Counseling Services for friends and classmates of Zachary. Counseling Services for students can be reached at 540-831-5226 or after hours through the Radford University Police at 540-831-5500. Faculty and staff seeking support should contact Human Resources at 540-831-5008. Do not hesitate to call or seek assistance.

Please join me in extending our deepest sympathy to Zachary’s family and friends at this very difficult time.”

The Tartan staff would like to express its condolences to Lugar’s family, friends and all Highlanders affected by this tragedy.