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April 8, 2014

PSU student found dead

Kodi Kadeem Beckles found in wooded area behind car dealership in Plattsburgh


Many gathered in the Warren Ballrooms of Angell College Center on campus, crying, hugging and remembering Beckles.

“This is a sad day on our campus,” SUNY Plattsburgh President John Ettling said in a statement.

“While the police continue to investigate, we wanted to reach a hand out to the friends and family of Kodi. We have set up counseling in the Cardinal Lounge of Angell College Center.

“Our condolences go out to all who knew Kodi. No family should ever have to face the death of one so young.”


In the City of Plattsburgh, residents received an automated phone message early Monday saying “a child” was missing, giving a description of Beckles and urging people to search their properties.

The student’s brother AJ Girard had tweeted a plea on social-media site Twitter asking for help finding him. By Monday morning, there were at least 1,000 messages, some just spreading Girard’s original tweet but many others expressing encouragement, concern and prayers.

Sabo said students have rallied to show support for Beckles and his family. 

“Clearly, the young man was beloved,” she said.

Email Lois Clermont:lclermont@pressrepublicanTwitter: @EditorLois


Anyone with more information connected with the investigation is asked to contact police:

State Police in Plattsburgh: 563-3761.

Plattsburgh City Police: 563-3411.

SUNY Plattsburgh Police Department: 564-2022.

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