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Originally published: 2014-01-30 10:27:42
Last modified: 2014-01-30 10:28:28

Student death under investigation

by Anna Oakes

An Appalachian State University senior was found dead in a King Street apartment on Sunday, and police say they are still investigating the cause.

Taylor David Pavlick, 21, was found deceased in his apartment at 1469 W. King St., Apt. 304, at 6:05 p.m. Sunday, according to a Boone Police report.

Boone Police Capt. Andy Le Beau said Wednesday that there were no obvious causes of death, but that there were no obvious indications of a homicide or suicide. The police report indicates there was evidence of drug or alcohol use but no apparent injuries to Pavlick.

Le Beau said investigators are awaiting the results of an autopsy and test results from the state toxicology lab.

Pavlick was a senior psychology major at ASU and a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity, according to university records and his obituary, which added that Pavlick was on the dean's list and a member of the National Honor Society. He was born in Columbus, Ohio, on April 25, 1992, and graduated from Mooresville High School in North Carolina in 2010.

"He had a huge heart and was a very loving young man," the obituary stated.

Services were scheduled for Friday at the Cavin-Cook Funeral Home in Mooresville.

The Office of Student Development on Wednesday placed a memorial book for Pavlick's family in the Plemmons Student Union. ASU's Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life released a statement, saying, "The fraternity and sorority community here at Appalachian State University is extremely close, and we are all feeling the loss of Taylor. Our hearts are with Taylor's family and with the men of Tau Kappa Epsilon as they grieve the loss of their son and brother."

The fraternity on Monday tweeted, "Woke up to some awful news, one of our brothers, Taylor Pavlick, passed away last night. We will never forget the great memories shared. RIP."