Trotti, who had links to almost 600 friends on Facebook, was a first-year student studying business, said an official at Elizabethtown College, near Harrisburg, about 250 miles from Oneonta. The private, liberal arts college enrolls about 1,900 students.
Trotti had lived in Schlosser Residence Hall, a community that included engineering and honors students, said Elizabeth Braungard, a college spokeswoman, and he was as active in intramural sports including flag football, ultimate Frisbee and dodge ball.
“We’re heartbroken,” Braungard said Sunday.
Friday was the last day of finals for the term, she said, and most undergraduate students had left. The campus administration shared news of Trotti’s death through email on Saturday to students, faculty and staff, she said, and on Facebook on Sunday.
“It is with great sadness that we share news of the death of Jared Trotti, a first-year business major at Elizabethtown College from Oneonta,” the Facebook posting said. “Our thoughts are with the Trotti family.”
At the University at Albany, Mull said emergency crews and officers responded to a report at about 7:30 a.m. Saturday of someone having died in a car parked in the visitors’ lot near the Indian Quad, a group of all-freshman residence buildings.
Mull said Trotti’s body is at the Albany County Medical Examiner’s Office. Results from toxicology tests could take six to eight weeks, he said. Officers consulted with the Albany County District Attorney’s Office, but the death is considered accidental, he said.
Mull said classes ended Friday and final exams are this week at the university, which enrolls about 17,300 undergraduate and graduate students. Trotti had arrived Friday with friends in a car, Mull said, but he withheld further details until the investigation is complete.