UNC Asheville police officer dies from COVID-19 complications


UNC Asheville officials shared the sad news Thursday, Oct. 15, with its community that one of its beloved campus police officers, Officer James Hamilton, passed away Wednesday from complications related to COVID-19.

“It is with deep sorrow and heartache that I share the sad news. Officer Hamilton was a beloved member of the UNC Asheville community,” UNCA Chancellor Nancy Cable wrote in a letter to campus Thursday. “He was a well-known presence at our Bulldog athletic events and other events on campus and was very involved in his local community including serving as Spindale town commissioner. Our hearts go out to Officer Hamilton’s family and loved ones.”

Hamilton’s last day on campus was Oct. 6 and Cable said there was no indication that he contracted the coronavirus on campus. Contact tracing was conducted and individuals who were in contact with Officer Hamilton were notified.

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