UW Student Dies at War Memorial Stadium

Officials at the University of Wyoming are investigating the death of a student whose body was found Saturday morning at War Memorial Stadium. 

David C. Schmitt, 22, was a senior geology major from Casper. He was a member of the UW men's swimming and diving team. 

Police say it appears that Schmitt was attempting to climb to the stadium's upper level when the accident occurred. Stadium employees found the body when they arrived to work at approximately 6:45 a.m. 

"We are shocked and saddened to learn of David's death," UW President Tom Buchanan said in a media release. "The death of a student is always tragic, but it is even more difficult to comprehend on a day when the university is celebrating a new beginning for our graduating students. We extend our thoughts and prayers to his family and friends." 

"We in the University of Wyoming athletics community offer our condolences to the Schmitt family and also to David's coaches, teammates and friends," says Athletics Director Tom Burman. "David was an admired student leader. The entire UW community, I know, shares these thoughts with me at this time."  

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