University of South Alabama Police are still investigating the death of a student, who was found unresponsive in a residence hall Saturday morning.
Police and Mobile Fire-Rescue responded at around 7 a.m., but couldn’t resuscitate 21-year-old sophomore and Dothan native Christopher Elan Thomas, USA spokesman Bob Lowry said in a prepared statement. Foul play is not suspected.
“The cause of will be determined by the Mobile County Coroner’s Office,” the statement read.
A political science major, Thomas was involved in local campaigns for Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Quinn Hillyer, a candidate for Alabama’s First Congressional District.
Chad Tucker, president of Strateco and Stimpson’s campaign manager, said Thomas had a natural gift for politics.
“Chris was on a list of about 1,000 volunteers and he stood out,” Tucker said. “He was the first guy in the office and the last to leave. He never complained.”
Thomas came aboard the Stimpson campaign “in the last six or seven months, during the biggest part of the campaign,” Tucker said.
He did data entry work and volunteered at events for the Stimpson campaign.
Thomas also worked as a USA campus coordinator during Quin Hillyer’s unsuccessful run for congress.
“He was a great, great young man,” Hillyer said. “He had more enthusiasm, intelligence and energy than anyone I’ve run in to in a long time.”
Hillyer said Thomas was interested in politics, but could’ve been successful in many fields because he was a natural leader.
“He had a good attitude,” he said. “He had such an upbeat, fun attitude that everyone wanted to be with him. He was interested in politics, but it was more about putting himself fully into what he loved.”
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