DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – The family of a student at N.C. Central University who died last week has launched a Go Fund Me page to raise money for his funeral.
Hesakahi McCoy, a freshman from Columbia, South Carolina, died Thursday afternoon in an event that rocked the NCCU campus.
His sister, Demitria Boyd, set up a Go Fund Me page that had raised $2,791 by Monday morning, with a goal of $8,000.
“He was the eldest and the only boy,” she wrote. “We all looked up to him. He had a bright future and was ready for the many obstacles to come in order to ensure his family would be taken care of especially his mother, Lakasha Martin. …
“Hesakahi deserves a proper burial. There are many escalating cost involved with his funeral. Please help with even a penny to reach our goal.”
The page did not say how he died, and NCCU did not address that in a statement Thursday from Chancellor Debra Saunders-White. The chancellor said, “Although new to campus, he was an active member of the Men’s Achievement Center and engaged with a number of activities and organizations and fellow students in the class of 2019.”
Durham Police are investigating. Kammie Michael of the Durham Police told WNCN on Monday that the case does not appear to be a homicide but said it remains an active investigation.
McCoy’s longtime girlfriend, Jazzmyn Sittig of Columbia, expressed shock in a lengthy Facebook post on Friday.
“Thank you to everybody that is supporting me and his family while we go through this,” she posted. “He was the most amazing person I ever met. He put everybody’s needs and wants before his. He spent hundreds of [dollars] for people when he didn’t have anything. I will forever be grateful to have had him in my life.”
And others who knew him took to Twitter to blast any suggestion that his death may have been a suicide. One Twitter follower who knew him from Columbia, going by the handle @WhitneyTichera, tweeted at WNCN, “That’s like my brother. He wouldn’t do anything to harm himself.”