Second-year law student found dead in Jefferson House apartment

Media Credit: Ambulances and fire trucks were outside the Jefferson House for several hours Thursday night. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photograper

Ambulances and fire trucks were outside the Jefferson House for several hours Thursday night. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photograper
Ambulances and fire trucks were parked outside the Jefferson House for several hours Thursday night. Zach Montellaro | Hatchet Staff Photograper

Updated: Nov. 14, 2014 at 6:07 p.m.

Second-year law student Gregory Levine was found dead Thursday night in his apartment in the Jefferson House, according to police records.

Police responded to the site at 922 24th St. to “check on the welfare” of Levine at 9:25 p.m., according to a Metropolitan Police Department report. They knocked on Levine’s door, and when no one answered, they contacted the building’s property manager and gained access to the apartment.

They found Levine, 27, unconscious in the apartment. D.C. Fire and EMS responded to the scene to treat him, but were unable to revive him.

Dean Blake D. Morant said in a message to members of the GW Law School community that they are invited to gather in the school’s Faculty Conference Center on Monday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. to remember Levine.

“I have spoken with his parents, offered our deepest sympathies, and our desire to provide whatever support is necessary,” Morant said in the message. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to Gregory‚Äôs family, his loved ones, and friends.”

MPD notified the University about the death and is investigating the case, according to a statement GW released Friday.

“At this time, we have no indication that the incident was the result of a criminal act,” the statement read.

Police shut down 24th Street between Washington Circle and New Hampshire Avenue for several hours Thursday night. D.C. Fire and EMS spokesman Tim Wilson said emergency personnel “were dispatched for a hazmat response” to a “chemical spill of some kind” at about 10:16 p.m.

Firefighters wearing hazmat suits went inside the building for about 25 minutes.

Levine, who lived in Woodmere, N.Y., was a member of the GW Military Law Society. He was externing with U.S. Army JAG in Fort Belvoir, Va. this semester, according to a message from the group’s executive board.

The Division of Student Affairs is offering support to Levine’s family and “reaching out directly to support those students most affected by this devastating loss,” according to the University’s statement.

Members of the community can contact the University Counseling Center at 202-994-5300.

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