Update: Student death on Simpson College campus


August 30th, 2021 by Ric Hanson

(Indianola, Iowa/KCCI) – Officials with Simpson College released new details Monday on the death of a student. College officials said Blaine Schumacher died by apparent suicide on campus. The college said officials learned of the Schumacher’s death on Sunday, but the time of his death remains unclear. Indianola police said Schumacher was 22.

According to Simpson, Schumacher was a senior studying neuroscience and was also a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. The college said his death is not linked to campus events.

“We are devastated to learn of the death of one of our own,” Simpson College President Marsha Kelliher said in a statement. “During this difficult time, our priority is to care for each other. Our thoughts and prayers are with Blaine’s family, loved ones and the entire Simpson College community.”

Religious life community and counseling services are available for anyone on campus.