Boise State students write “Love Letters to Cougs” following death of WSU student

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Washington State University (WSU) quarterback Tyler Hilinski was found dead in his apartment on Tuesday, Jan. 16 after he didn’t show up for a football team workout, according to The Washington Post. The Associated Press reports the Whitman County coroner confirmed Hilinski died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Reacting to this tragedy, ASBSU president Sienna George wrote a letter to the WSU community.

“In times such as these, we are reminded that the lived realities of individuals are often drastically different than our perceptions of them,” George wrote in the letter. “With this in mind—can we task ourselves with the commitment to be a little more kind, a little more patient, a little more gracious, a little more empathetic, a little more interested, a little more grateful, a little more present?”

In addition to this letter, ASBSU and students from all over campus have been writing letters—called “Love Letters to Cougs”—that ASBSU is sending to the student body of WSU. According to George, the gesture is meant to offer support and compassion for the student body of one of Boise State’s neighboring state universities.

“It is important that our students, and the students at Washington State, know that while we may be rivals on the field, we are all students who care deeply about the lives of one another on and off the field,” George wrote in an email. “We encourage anyone who is struggling to ask for help, and for those who see someone who appears to be struggling, to offer their help.”
Boise State counseling services (208-426-1459) and the Idaho Suicide Hotline (208-398-4357) are a few of the local resources that can help students who may be struggling.

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