ITHACA, N.Y. –– The Cornell University community will come together to remember first-year student Antonio Tsialas. A service of remembrance will take place Tuesday afternoon in the chapel of Anabel Taylor Hall on Cornell’s campus.
Emergency responders found Tsialas dead Saturday night in Fall Creek gorge after an extensive search, according to Cornell University Police. Tsialas had been missing since Thursday. Following the initial investigation, Cornell University concluded that “no foul play is suspected.”
Tsialas was from Miami, Florida, and was an undeclared freshman student in the College of Arts & Sciences at Cornell. He was described as a “thoughtful and smart student” who was naturally outgoing, according to a letter from Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student and campus life. Tsialas was actively involved in the Cornell Mundial F.C. club soccer team and had recently become a campus tour guide.
As of Tuesday morning, a spokesperson for Cornell said the university has no additional information about the circumstances of Tsialas’ death.
A GoFundMe page created two days ago has raised more than $30,000 for the family for funeral expenses. According to the page, “All funds raised will go directly to the family for funeral expenses or to Ransom Everglades (his high school soccer team) for a memorial, depending on the wishes of the family.”
The service will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at Anabel Taylor Hall at 548 College Ave., Ithaca. A reception will follow the service in the Founders Room at 114 Anabel Taylor Hall.
Support services are available to all members of the Cornell community. Students may consult with counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 607-255-5155. Students may speak with a peer counselor by calling EARS at 607-255-3277.