FAMU mourns the death of a student

Markel Mazelin


Florida A&M officials announced the death of one of the university's students. 

Markel Mazelin, 24, was pronounced dead Monday evening. According to FAMU Police Chief Terence Calloway, Mazelin died of medical complications while sleeping at his apartment off-campus. The Tallahassee Police Department does not suspect foul play, according to the university's news release.

"I would like to extend codolences to the family of Markel, and to the many students, faculty and staff he touched as a gregarious student and entrepreneur," said FAMU President Larry Robinson. 

Counseling services will be offered at FAMU's Office of Counseling Services, 640 Gamble Street, Suite 3. 

Mazelin, a public relations student, was known by his peers for his sunny disposition, creative ideas and intellect. He returned to FAMU to complete his studies after pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors. He was scheduled to graduate in December. 

"Mazelin was truly a scholar and a gentleman and always spoke positive words over everyone. That's why he will be missed. I've never seen him have a bad day. We loved being around him. He was amazing," said Ann Kimbrough, dean of the FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication. 

Monday evening, Mazelin's peers recalled him giving an idea to be published for the school newspaper The FAMUAN. His idea, "Dream Defenders: Are they still defending the dream" will be featured in the Oct. 19 edition of the newspaper. As a result, the editors of The FAMUAN have dedicated this special homecoming edition to his memory.