January 11, 2017 11:40 AM


The death of a Northwestern University women’s basketball player who was found lifeless in her dorm room on Monday afternoon has been ruled a suicide by hanging, the Cook County Medical Examiner confirms to PEOPLE.

Jordan Hankins was a 19-year-old sophomore in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.

“We are heartbroken and deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Jordan Hankins. Our love and thoughts are with her family, teammates and friends,” Jim Phillips, Vice President for Athletics and Recreation, said in a written statement. “Jordan made a dramatic impact on our Wildcats community.”

Her brother, Jared Hankins, a sophomore on the Lawrence North boys high school basketball team, told the Indy Star that his sister meant a lot to him and “was my role model.”

With his parents, Walter and Felicia Hankins, they went to visit Jordan at a game last week at Northwestern.

“We talked for the last time a week ago and everything seemed good,” he said. “She was happy.”


Her head coach, Joe McKeown, said in the statement that she was a “remarkably dynamic young woman.”

“This is a devastating loss for our basketball family. She brought an unwavering intensity and commitment to everything in her life,” he said. “We will miss her enormously.”


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