TYLER, Texas — A Tyler Junior College student who was found unresponsive on Saturday evening in her dorm room is from Kaufman county according to officials.
Na'Khyria "Pooda" Lampkin, a 2019 graduate of Terrell High School, had just began her first semester at TJC and was found deceased in her dorm room on Saturday evening.
According to statement issued by the college, at approximately 7:50 p.m., the TJC Police department received a call about an unresponsive female student at one of the residence halls. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) was also immediately notified and arrived to evaluate the student.
According to officials, Lampkin was pronounced dead by Smith County Justice of the Peace James Meredith, who has ordered an autopsy to determine cause of death.
The TJC Police Department is leading the investigation, however, they say they do not suspect foul play.
Terrell ISD Interim School Superintendent Dr. Bruce Wood said that Lampkin was well respected among her classmates and faculty and was known for her "infectious" smile. The district worked on Sunday to ensure that plenty of counselors will be on hand at Terrell High School campus on Monday morning. Wood said they also have more counselors “on call”, should they need them.
“We are saddened by the sudden death of one of our 2019 THS graduates, Pooda Lampkin, who was also a Terrell Tigerette and a member of several other student organizations,” Wood tells inForney.com. “Our heartfelt sympathy is extended to the entire Lampkin Family, longtime members of the Terrell community, and her many friends.”
Arrangements for services have not been made at this time.