College Student Tragedy

January 25, 2011 Updated Jan 25, 2011 at 11:16 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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January 25, 2011 Updated Jan 25, 2011 at 11:16 PM EDT

Reporting on tragedies is part of my job, but that doesn't make it any easier. And it's especially difficult when these stories hit home for me.

I didn't know the St. Bonaventure University sophomore, Matthew Dungan who died after collapsing at an off-campus residence over the weekend, but I do have a daughter who is a senior in college.

When Matthew's father said it is every parents nightmare to get that call in the middle of the night, it struck a painful chord. Even though I wanted my daughter to experience college away from home, I can't help but worry about her safety. It's hard to give up control of their lives, but they grow up, and you eventually have to let go.

If there's a lesson to be learn about this tragedy, we don't know it, yet. But I do know that even though I never met Matthew, I grieve for him and his family. Sadly, they won't ever know the man he could have been. It makes me even more grateful for the beautiful daughter I have, and the mature young woman she is becoming.