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Students gather for candlelight vigil on campus

More than 100 friends and family members of Mark Borsz gathered in the courtyard of the Fine Arts Center Monday night to remember the senior they called “amazingly kind and caring.”

The courtyard gathering was a candlelight vigil honoring Borsz, a 22-year-old from Columbia Station, Ohio and a 3D studies major who died after going for a run 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

“The amount of love here tonight is just astounding,” said Terrance Ray, a 2012 alumnus who served as a Centennial Hall resident adviser alongside Borsz during the 2011-2012 school year.

Ray spoke during the vigil and described Borsz as a “very positive guy.”

“You always knew he was someone you could talk to,” Ray said. “He will be missed, he will be missed.”

The vigil gave Borsz’s friends the chance to light a candle, share stories and leave a note to Borsz on one of several posterboards with pictures of him attached.

Rachel Litten, a sophomore at the University, attended the vigil to remember her friend who she had known since she was a junior in high school.

“He had a really good sense of humor,” Litten said. “Everytime you saw him he had a witty comeback or something funny to say.”

While students shed tears, they also laughed and reminisced about the memories they had of Borsz.

“We used to go to his house for parties or just to sit and talk,” Litten said. “There’s no way to describe him, you’d meet him and right away he’d be like one of your best friends.”

Alex Solis, president of Undergraduate Student Government, also attended the vigil Monday. While Solis did not know Borsz personally, he said his death is something that was felt rippling throughout campus Monday.

“It was a sad day to be a falcon,” Solis said. “He impacted a lot of people and it’s touching to see all of these people here in his honor.”

While students and faculty didn’t receive a University email about Borsz’s death until 1:45 p.m. Monday, Litten heard of Borsz’s death Sunday after receiving a Facebook message from his sister.

“I had no words,” Litten said about receiving the news.

News of what had happened to Borsz could be seen throughout Twitter and Facebook as students announced their condolences for him and his family.

Along with social media buzz about Borsz’s death, students and faculty were notified through an email from University President Mary Ellen Mazey.

“We are grieved to learn of the death of one of our students,” Mazey said in the email. “The loss of a young life is always deeply sorrowful.”

Bowling Green residents discovered Borsz lying on the sidewalk near Carr Avenue and South Summit Street on Sunday and performed CPR on him until the police arrived, said Tony Hetrick, deputy chief of the Bowling Green Police Division.

There were no signs of trauma or foul play and police are still investigating the case, Hetrick said.

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