Campus and community react to UD player’s death

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – The University of Dayton is coming to terms with Steve McElvene’s sudden death.

Many students, like McElvene headed home for the summer as finals wrapped up last week.

It was quiet on campus at the University of Dayton. Not only because it’s summer for students, but also those here just don’t know what to say.

UD’s president, Dan Curran did issue a statement Thursday notifying the Flyer community on McElvene’s passing and saying, “We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to his family, friends, professors, teammates, coaches and our entire campus community.”

Thursday afternoon while on campus 2 NEWS Reporter Tyler Utzka stopped several students to talk about the second year student and basketball player’s death.

Many were not willing to comment as the news continues to sink in.

Inside Flanagan’s Pub next to campus, a popular Flyer spot for food and drinks, an employee there also taken aback by McElvene’s death.

 Jon Shapiro said, “Unfortunately something like this it just happens out of the blue and you can’t necessarily prepare for it. You just hope that the strong community around the University of Dayton can pull through together and lean on each other and help each other out through a hard time like this.”

Campus ministry is planning a prayer service for McElvene.  We will bring you that information when the details are released. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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