The Saint Bonaventure University community is in mourning, following the death of one of their own. University officials say students found Matthew Dungan,19, a Sophomore from the Town of Tonawanda, unresponsive at an off-campus residence early Sunday morning. Dungan was taken to Olean General Hospital where he was pronounced dead. YNN's Kaitlyn Lionti spoke with Dungan's rugby coach following the tragedy.
CATTARAUGUS COUNTY, N.Y. -- As those who knew Matthew Dungan remember the time they spent with him, his rugby coach at Saint Bonaventure University shared memories and gave us some insight into the person he says will be greatly missed.
Coach Clarence Picard says he's known Dungan since he was a junior at Kenmore West High School. He says Dungan started college at Niagara University, but transferred to Saint Bonaventure for his sophomore year. Picard says Dungan loved his school, and really cared about his friends and teammates.
"He was a big personality to say the least. You always knew he was around. He wasn't afraid to crack a joke or provide some comedy relief. He's just one of the most affable guys you could meet. He always had a smile on his face, and I know people say this when someone passes away but, he truly was just a happy-go-lucky guy," said Picard.
Picard remembers how Dungan shared that happy-go-lucky attitude with him."He was one of those guys that always knew how to, if I was yelling about something, getting upset with something, he was the guy that knew just what to say to make me crack a smile, have a little chuckle, and maybe lighten up."
Although memories of Dungan will last, Picard says his loss will be felt by many.
"He was just a loving kid, just a great young man who was great to be around and he's just going to be missed. He was a great guy and it's just a tragedy to see someone with that spark for life pass away at such a young age," said Picard.
The Superintendent of the Ken-Ton school district released this statement, "Matthew Dungan was an excellent young man who represented his school and community well. Our thoughts go out to his family at this time. We are providing Kenmore West High School students and staff with professional counseling services Monday morning."
The president of Saint Bonaventure University said "This tragic death has stunned our campus. Our hearts and prayers go out to the family of Matthew as we also focus on assisting Matthew's family and our students who are so terribly shaken by this."
Counselors are available on campus to assist students and staff. The University says New York State Police are investigating Dungan's death.