SUNY Student Identified As Nicolas J. Stagnitta

SUNY Oneonta Student

From L.I., Police Report

ONEONTA – Oneonta Police have identified Nicholas J. Stagnitta, 20, of Patchogue, Long Island, as the SUNY student found deceased in a home on Chestnut Street on Saturday morning, according to a press release issued by the police a few minutes ago.

According to Police Chief Doug Brenner, police responded to the Chestnut Street residence at 11:10 a.m. Saturday morning. Upon arrival, police discovered Stagnitta deceased. The initial investigation and autopsy revealed that the young man took his own life.

The investigation is continuing pending results of toxicology testing.

In a statement emailed to staff and students, Dr. Barbara Jean Morris, SUNY Oneonta president, said, “We also understand that this news is devastating for Nicolas’ friends and classmates. Counseling Center staff members are available for anyone who wishes to talk with them about this loss.”

She also said the school has been in touch with Stagnitta’s family. “We are a community, and the death of a student is painful to us all,” she said. “Today, we share our deepest sympathy with those who knew and loved Nicolas.”


3 thoughts on “SUNY Student Identified As Nicolas J. Stagnitta

  1. Colleen

    Uughh so heartbreaking. My heart and prayers go out to his family, friends, and girlfriend. My daughter is her sorority sister and they all are hurting for her right now. I wish we could do more for these kids that feel there is no other way to deal with their problems. Mental illness should be taken more seriously , talked about more openly. We have to help each other. RIP NIcholas and may god bless his family ❤️

  2. Steve Unger

    It is very disappointing that the media would print the mode of death for this young man.
    Well certainly you have the right to publish this information you have to wonder if you considered the feelings of the family and the next of kin and friends. You wonder about the right of privacy and doing no harm to other individuals. Sometimes that must be taken into consideration also. For the newspaper it’s a one-day article for the family it’s a lifetime of pain. Just because you can print these things doesn’t mean you should print these things. I wonder if circumstances were reversed how happy you would be and what you would believe about the right of privacy.

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