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Tyler Blalock. Photo courtesy of ASU.

Originally published: 2012-09-29 10:38:13
Last modified: 2012-10-01 13:37:15

ASU: Student drowning an accident


Funeral arrangements have been made in Charlotte for Tyler Lee Blalock, a 19-year-old ASU student who was found dead Saturday in a creek on campus.

Visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at McEwen Funeral Service's Derita Chapel in Charlotte, according to the funeral home.

The funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at University City United Methodist Church on W.T. Harris Boulevard in Charlotte.


At 3:43 p.m. on Sunday, Appalachian State University released the following statement:

"The results of an autopsy completed this morning confirm the cause of Appalachian State University student Tyler Blalock's death as accidental drowning. University Police investigation findings are consistent with the medical examiner's results. There are no indications of any foul play.

The evidence collected during the investigation confirms that Blalock was alone when he slipped on the edge of the creek and struck his head on some rocks as he fell into the water."


The body of a 19-year-old Appalachian State University student was pulled from Kraut Creek on the ASU campus on Saturday morning, according to the university.

The student was identified as Tyler Blalock of Charlotte, a sophomore studying sustainable development, said Hank Foreman, associate vice chancellor for university communications.

Blalock's body was found shortly before 8 a.m. by a passerby in Durham Park near the corner of Hardin and Rivers streets.

The ASU Police Department is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death, and the university has not said how Blalock died or whether foul play is suspected.

Boone Police Department and Watauga Medics also responded to the call Saturday morning.

Anyone with information related to this case is encouraged to contact ASU Police Department at (828) 262-2150.

Just a few hours after Blalock's body was found, Durham Park was bustling with activity as students and families awaited the 3:30 p.m. football game and joined in Family Weekend. Fans inside the stadium participated in a moment of silence in honor of Blalock.

"The thoughts and concerns of the Appalachian community are with Tyler’s family and friends during this difficult time," Foreman said.

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