Police now investigating University of Michigan student's death as homicide

(WXYZ) - Ann Arbor Police say they are now investigating a University of Michigan medical student's death as a homicide. 

University of Michigan police issued a crime alert on Wednesday after a medical student was found dead near campus.

The student has been identified as 25-year-old Paul DeWolf. Police say he was an active duty Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force.

When DeWolf didn't show up to his scheduled assignment on Wednesday, one of his peers went to check on him and discovered his body, according to police. 

"Upon the medical examiner's autopsy, we were able to determine the death was a homicide," said Sgt. Aimee Metzer with Ann Arbor Police.

A friend of DeWolf says he was a fourth year medical student at U of M. 

Police said he was found dead in his off-campus apartment on the 200 block of North Ingalls, north of Huron Street.

Students around the U of M campus say news of the death has shaken the community.

"It was a shock because I have always felt safe around campus," said U of M senior Michelle Liang.

"I live a block away from the house where this happened," said Waleed Mansour, "But I still feel safe."

The University of Michigan Medical School issued the following statement on Friday:

"The entire U-M Medical School community has been shocked by the sudden, tragic loss of a member of our fourth-year class, Paul DeWolf.

We mourn the passing of a promising and aspiring surgeon, who connected quickly with patients, had a thirst for knowledge and a dedication to teamwork, and showed his leadership skills in his academic, military training and athletic pursuits.

He was a valued member, and house manager, of our Phi Rho Sigma medical fraternity, continuing his commitment to the fellowship of fraternal organizations as he had as an undergraduate at Grand Valley State University.

To lose a student of such potential has dealt a blow to our students, and the faculty and staff who worked with Paul. We are providing support to them, and to his family, whose loss of their loved one brings incomparable grief.

Memorial service plans will be private at the request of the family. We are working to determine the best way to memorialize Paul's life and contributions at our school. We ask the media to respect the wish of Paul's family and closest friends for privacy at this most sorrowful time."


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