Body found west of Whitley Hall

By Daniel Yanez


Oct. 31 @ 1:35 p.m.

East Texan Photo | Daniel Yanez

A male body was discovered by A&M work crews shortly before 8 a.m. Tuesday in a grassy area just west of the Whitley Hall residence hall.

The male body was identified as Alejandro Cifuentes, and has been confirmed deceased according to a statement by Noah Nelson, Vice President for Media Relations & Community Engagement at A&M-Commerce.

Cifuentes was a 22-year-old senior at A&M-Commerce from Nicaragua.

According to the Commerce Journal Nelson said that A&M-Commerce University Police are currently investigating the incident and have not publicly released a cause of death. There is currently no suspicion of foul play, according to Nelson.

Oct. 31 @ 3:25 p.m.

Pictured below is Alejandro Cifuentes in a picture from a friend’s social media and comments from those that knew him.

Consuelo Armendariz, senior: “He was funny, outgoing, and wanting to go to law school.”

Johnny Espinoza, senior: “He was very quiet, but once you peeled away those layers, he was very curious about the world and always wanted to learn more.”

Oct. 31 @ 4:57 p.m.

According to an A&M-Commerce press release, the campus police department has determined that suicide was the cause of Cifuentes’s death.

Oct. 31  @ 5:14 p.m.

The university sent out a corrected press release that states that the campus police department “is still investigating that an apparent suicide was the cause of Alejandro’s death.”

Oct. 31 @ 6:17

As reported by the Commerce Journal, Noah Nelson, Vice President for Media Relations and Community Engagement, stated that the time of death was around 5 a.m. Tuesday.

Nov. 1 @ 5:36

A candlelight vigil will be held in honor of Cifuentes by the Department of Political Science Nov. 2 from 5:30-7 p.m. on the Great Lawn, and a procession will then be led to the amphitheater where a remembrance board for Cifuentes will be on display.