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Ill NC college student dies at welcoming event

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — An ill student has died during a welcoming ceremony at North Carolina A&T university in Greensboro.

Twenty-year-old Jawuan Paul Trotter of Charlotte was attending a welcome event for the fall semester over the weekend when he became ill and died.

Desiree Trotter says her son had the autoimmune disease scleroderma and was in constant pain. She says he was determined to attend college anyway and had attended a welcoming ceremony last summer but was unable to attend fall classes.

She says he did attend the spring semester and was looking forward to this fall’s semester.

University spokeswoman Nicole Pride says Trotter had attended the Union Takeover and became ill sometime after midnight. He died at Moses Cone Hospital.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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