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Search Warrant: FSU Student Had Alcohol, Marijuana In System

Posted December 16, 2004

— Investigators say a freshman at Fayetteville State University was drinking and doing drugs before she died.

According to a search warrant, doctors found alcohol and marijuana in Latoya Lane's system. The papers say Lane was visiting friends at University Place apartments.

When they woke up, they found Lane in front of a sofa with her face down. They took her to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, where she died.

Lane, 18, finished her first semester of college, but didn't live to see her grades. Lane lived in Hope Mills and went to South View High School. After high school, she commuted to college.

"I have talked to her out here and was close friends with her sister in high school," said Christopher Brown.

"Basically, the next step for us is just wait for the medical examiner's office to come back and give us some kind of preliminary on the cause of death," said Sgt. Alex Thompson of the Fayetteville Police Department.

While officers investigate, Fayetteville State mourns a loss.

"I just couldn't believe it, I was shocked like, someone really died out here," said Destiny Bethea, a student.

The university does not own the apartments, which is why Fayetteville police, not campus police, are investigating. Officers are not sure when to expect autopsy results.

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