March 30, 2024: Sad News To Share

Dear Bucknellians,

It is with a heavy heart that I share the news of the death of a Bucknell student on campus today. Together we mourn the passing of Christian Samay ’24. This is an unspeakable loss for the Bucknell community, and our hearts go out Christian’s family and friends.

I wish to note that his death was unrelated to last night’s active shooter alert and campus lockdown, and that the circumstances are not suspicious. We appreciate your support and respect for the privacy of all involved.

Throughout the weekend, the University offers the following resources to any student who seeks support in the wake of this tragic event.

  • Counselors are available by phone this weekend. Please call 570-577-1604 and choose Option 2 to speak with the on-call counselor.
  • Additionally, the Counseling & Student Development Center website offers many options for students seeking help in the days and weeks ahead.
  • Students can also access the Crisis Text Line ( Text HOME to 741741 at any time, for any type of crisis.
  • Campus chaplains are available and can be reached at

I call upon all Bucknellians to support each other In this difficult time, and to keep Christian’s family in your prayers.


John C. Bravman