The Williamsburg Police Department is investigating the death of a College of William and Mary student early Saturday. Tiancheng “Austin” Zheng, a junior from Suzhou, China, died at Riverside Doctor’s Hospital about 2 a.m. Saturday after going into cardiac arrest earlier, according to a notice from Ginger Ambler, vice president for student affairs.
Williamsburg police and paramedics responded about 1:20 a.m. to a home in the 100 block of Matoaka Court for a report of an unconscious person, Riley said. Paramedics took him to Riverside, where he was pronounced dead at 2 a.m., Riley said.
Police are conducting a death investigation and have referred the case to the medical examiner’s office to determine cause of death, Riley said.
“Today’s tragedy reminds us of how close we are to one another at William & Mary,” Ambler’s notice said. “What affects one of us affects us all. I know you join me in extending our heartfelt sympathies to Austin’s family and his many friends.”
Zheng was studying biology and art and had appeared on the dean’s list. He was an active member of Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Ambler said.
Before coming to the United States, Zheng was a teaching assistant with New Channel Education Group and helped professional English instructors in TOEFL and SAT classes, Ambler said. He worked with high schoolers to help them strengthen their English language and reading skills.