Northwestern Basketball Player Jordan Hankins Found Dead in Dorm Room: 'This Is a Devastating Loss' Says Coach
"Our department is solely focused on supporting those who adored her," a Northwestern University athletics official said in a written statement
A Northwestern University women’s basketball player was found dead in her dorm room on Monday afternoon, university officials confirm to PEOPLE.
Jordan Hankins, a sophomore in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, was 19.
“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 head coach, Joe McKeown, adds 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 included in the statement. “We will miss her enormously.”
Her brother, Jared Hankins, a sophomore on the Lawrence North boys high school basketball team, told the Indy Star that he and his parents, Walter and Felicia Hankins, visited 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.”
He added: “She meant a lot to me. She was my role model.”
The Evanston Police Department is investigating her death, as it does with all deaths on campus, but there is no indication of foul play or any danger or threat to other members of the Northwestern Community, according to the statement.
The Cook County Medical Examiners Office confirms to PEOPLE that the cause and manner of death will be available after 3 p.m. CST.