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IIT Student, 36, Found Fatally Beaten

Death On IIT Campus

(CBS/STMW) -- An Illinois Institute of Technology student was beaten to death by another student on the school's Bronzeville campus on the South Side early Thursday.

Jermiron "Jay" Morris, 36, and another student were returning to campus early Thursday when they got into a fight, according to Chicago Police and a statement on IIT's website.

Morris was found lying on the ground with blood and trauma to his face at 5 a.m. in the 3000 block of South Wabash Avenue, police said. He was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The other student, a 43-year-old man, was taken into custody, police said.

"There is no immediate threat to the community," according to IIT. "Our thoughts are with the family."

Counselors are available for students Thursday.

Morris, of Chicago, was the recipient of IIT's Presidential Scholarship, according to the school's website. He transferred to the Industrial Technology and Management Department in 2013 after working as a trucker and earning an associate's degree in logistics at Richard J. Daley College. He was expected to graduate this year.

"I am very proud to be an ambassador for INTM and IIT in my community," Morris said in a statement on the school's website. "As I begin my final year of study, I feel very prepared to face whatever challenges await."

John Powe , a senior at IIT, says Jay Morris was a friend.

"A lot of people are sad today," he tells WBBM's Steve Miller.

(Source: Sun-Times Media Wire © Chicago Sun-Times 2016. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)


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