Deputies identify NTID student found dead inside townhouse

Updated: 08/28/2014 6:02 PM
Created: 08/28/2014 12:09 PM WHEC.com
By: Rachel Spotts

There is new information on the death of an RIT graduate student.

Deputies say Timothy Holmes of Georgia was found dead Wednesday night. He was 24 years old. We're told he was part of the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at RIT. His body was found in a townhouse on Loden Lane last night.

Today, students and faculty at RIT and NTID are mourning the loss of Holmes.

We spoke with Luane Haggerty. She is a senior lecturer in the Creative and Cultural Studies Department. She said, “Tim Holmes is theater. This was his home.”

A performer at heart and a natural born leader, Holmes was well known. He was working on his master’s at NTID. Haggerty said, “He had such high energy and such a positive and funny person. It was very easy to like him.”

Holmes was found dead at a townhouse in Henrietta. We're told he was living with a few other students at NTID. Sheriff’s deputies tell us his death does not appear suspicious and alcohol and drugs are not considered a factor at this time.

The president of NTID had this to say about his former student. “Wonderful student doing all the right things and pursuing his dreams and passions in the right way. He was the kind of student you'd want your son or daughter to be roommates with.”

Haggerty said, “It’s very twilight zone to have somebody that vibrant be here and then gone in an instant is very disorienting.”

The Monroe County Medical Examiner is looking into a cause of death and is waiting on the results of a toxicology report.


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