Family Learns Of College Coed’s Death On Facebook

ATLANTA (November 28, 2012)--The parents of a Valdosta State University freshman learned first from Facebook that their daughter was found dead in a dormitory study room shortly before Thanksgiving.

Now, they hope that Facebook and other social media sites can help solve the death of the coed, Jasmine Benjamin, 17, which police are investigating as a homicide.

She was found unresponsive on a study room couch on Nov. 18.

Police say they're treating the case as a homicide, although autopsy results are not complete and they can't say for certain that she was killed.

A family friend forwarded the post to the couple.

The family has hired a private investigator, and a new Facebook site has been set up in hopes that students and others might share tips.

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