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Body of GVSU student found dead identified as 2020 graduate of Royal Oak High School

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Posted at 4:19 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 17:32:49-05

ALLENDALE, Mich. (AP) — A young woman whose body was found outdoors at Grand Valley State University was a first-year student from the Detroit area.

The cause of Taylor DeRosa's death remains under investigation, though police say there's no immediate threat to the public. DeRosa's body was found Saturday near campus sports fields. She attended Royal Oak High School, according to a GoFundMe page.

Those we knew DeRosa say she was special. Not only was she beautiful and strong, but she was courageous, smart, passionate and thoughtful.

DeRosa was a humanitarian who fought for justice, fairness and truth. She had a great love and respect for others and was surrounded by many friends. Her very best friend was her mother.

GVSU President Philomena Mantella says police are asking the public to be patient. Mantella says "misinformation" can have an impact on the investigation.

Law enforcement's full statement on the case is below.

While the investigation is ongoing, and the cause of death has not been fully determined, it appears at this time that the general public or campus population is not in danger.

We are urging the campus community to be patient, not to rush to any conclusions and to stop spreading false information, particularly on social media.

Misinformation is not helpful to the investigation or to the family of our student. Truthful and accurate updates will come from police authorities and the university when appropriate.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover memorial expenses. Click here to donate.