HPU mourns student killed in accident
A High Point University student from western North Carolina died Saturday in an all-terrian vehicle accident near his home in Swain County.
Tyler Bowman, a 19-year-old freshman Bryson City, died in an accident near his home, according to a spokesperson with Swaim County Sheriff’s office.
The university was on spring break when Bowman died and is doing what it can to help students cope with the news. Their first day back to classes was Monday. The Counseling Center is open for students who may need support, and the Office of Student Life will be planning a service to honor Bowman in the coming days. Gail Tuttle, vice president for student life, said the department will continue to provide services to those who need it.
Bowman was a 2012 graduate of Swain County High School. He loved to run track and cross country as well as hang out with his brother, Ro, according to his obituary.
“This has been very sobering. We visited each of his classes today, and we will visit tomorrow to take a moment with them as a class because he was a very good student,” Tuttle said. “We wanted to offer the students our condolences and make them aware of the counseling services we have available to them.”
Tuttle and other members of the university will go see the family to extend their condolences.
“Anytime something like this happens, our students are there for each other. They want to help and they want to do something. When something unfortunate like this happens to one of our own, they all rally together to support each other in a very caring and loving way,” Tuttle said.
HPU President Nido Qubein said in a message distributed throughout the campus:
“As our students return to campus today from spring break, we are saddened to report that freshman Tyler Bowman died Saturday, March 9 after a four-wheeling accident near his home in Cherokee, NC. Tyler was an extraordinary student and compassionate friend. As we talk to many who knew Tyler, it’s clear he was planting seeds of greatness at every turn. Please keep Tyler’s family in your thoughts and prayers and know that the university has extended our resources to support the Bowman family during this difficult time.
We will miss Tyler, but Tyler’s legacy will forever remain on the HPU campus and in the hearts and minds of all those he touched.”
Funeral services for Bowman will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at The Grove Church, 1127 Franklin Grove Church Road, in Bryson City. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Crisp Funeral Home.
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