UPDATED: Student found dead in General Academic Building
Nadia Hill/Managing Editor
Updated July 9, 5:09 p.m. Services for Huey will take place at the Deberry funeral home’s chapel at 2025 W. University Blvd on Wednesday at 10 a.m. He will be buried at Roselawn Cemetery afterward.
Updated July 8, 5:10 p.m. Under hanging bicycles, with greasy hands and working in a tiny, open garage behind SCRAP, Nathaniel Lightfoot of Querencia Community Bike Shop smiled a little to remember 22-year-old general studies junior Jonathan Huey.
Passionate cyclist and subject of a mini-documentary, Huey died Thursday, July 4 on UNT’s campus. He was found on the fifth floor of the General Academic Building in the UNT System Information Technology Shared Services Lab, a secured computer room where he worked as a student technician.
Head of UNT News Service and university spokesperson Buddy Price, who was informed of the death by university police, said there was no indication or suspicion of foul play. Price said the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office should have a cause of death by next week.
Friends and family shared condolences through various social media outlets, from Huey’s Facebook page to UNT’s sub-Reddit.
Bike Denton, a cycling organization that writes about cycling special interests and local events, posted the news of Huey’s death on their Facebook page:
“It is with an incredibly heavy heart that we say goodbye to Jon Huey – a great rider, bicycling advocate, coordinator at Querencia, and overall wonderful and kind human being.”
Huey coordinated and participated in weekly Tuesday night bike rides sponsored by Querencia for three years. Lightfoot was shop manager for just as long and now runs the community-driven, nonprofit bike repair shop. He last saw on Huey on Tuesday’s bike night.
“He was one of the happiest people I knew, just always full of good times,” Lightfoot said. “He helped volunteer and would fix people’s bikes. He was always doing some big adventure and was always down to just have a good time. I’m going to miss his free-spirited nature.”
Tyler Davis, a fellow Tuesday night rider, broke the news to the Tuesday Night Bike Ride group through Facebook.
A close friend and UNT senior and music assistant Corbin Young expressed his gratitude for knowing Huey.
“During his life he was always someone I looked up to and whose company I always greatly welcomed and appreciated. I don’t know what possessed him to feel alone when he always had friends. I don’t know why he couldn’t relate to his fellow man when it seemed that everyone could relate to him,” Young said, referring to Huey’s last Facebook status. “He was, by far, one of the most interesting people on the planet Earth. And when I knew him, he was, by far, one of the most positive.”
University police and Huey’s parents were unavailable for comment.
Pictured: Jonathan Huey. Courtesy of Mohammad Khan.
July 5, 8:29 p.m. According to Tarrant County Medical Examiner records, a 22-year-old general studies junior was found dead Thursday, July 4 in the General Academic Building on UNT’s campus. He was a student worker on the fifth floor.
Records show his time of death was noon Thursday, and at the time of reporting, university police were unavailable for comment.
Close friend and undergraduate research assistant Mohammad Khan said his friend headed to work around midnight Wednesday for an overnight, solo shift after hanging out with Khan and friends.
On his son’s Facebook page, the victim’s father shared Thursday night that his son “passed away last night between 12:00 and 8:30 this morning. We honestly had no idea that he had any issues that would lead to what has happened.”
Investigation into the cause of death is still pending. Continue checking ntdaily.com for updated information on Monday.
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