Elliott Copeland, Gabelli Student, Dies From Injuries


Elliot Copeland, a student at the Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill (PHOTO VIA LINKEDIN)
Elliot Copeland, a student at the Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill (PHOTO VIA LINKEDIN)

On June 19, Elliott Copeland, a rising senior in the Gabelli School of Business at Rose Hill, died from injuries he sustained last week after being hit by a car in Manhattan.

Joseph McShane, SJ, president of Fordham University, informed the Fordham community via email on June 20 that Copeland, a native of Raleigh, North Carolina, had succumbed to the injuries from the incident. The New York Police Department is investigating his death, which appears to be an accident.

McShane stated, “Accident or not, this is a terrible blow for his family and friends, and of course to the University community. We will support Elliott’s family as best we can in their grief, and will likewise do everything in our power to help his friends and loved ones at Fordham cope with his loss.”

“It goes without saying that Elliott’s family and loved ones will be in our prayers this week,” McShane continued. “They have sustained a terrible loss, and our hearts are broken for them, and for Elliott. I ask that you be especially kind to one another, and to yourselves, this week, as we come together as a community to mourn our losses.”

According to his LinkedIn profile, Copeland was involved with the Fordham Finance Society and the Fordham Alternative Investments Club. He was also a member of the Fordham University Rugby Football Club.

Copeland had previously worked as an intern at Tapad, deVere Group and Campbell Alliance and aspired to work in the financial industry or in corporate finance.

McShane also informed the community that “Campus Ministry will announce services for Elliott at Rose Hill, in consultation with his family, and will notify the community of their preferences regarding condolences. Staff from both Counseling Services and Campus Ministry will be standing by this week to help our students as they grapple with their loss.” The email advises students in need of support to additionally contact the Counseling Center, Campus Ministry or members of the Residential Life staff.

Copeland is the second member of the Fordham community who has died in the past week, following the death of Noah Goldstein on June 18, which was also auto-related.

According to The New York Daily News, Goldstein’s death had been the fourth fatal hit-and-run in eight days citywide.

In 2014, Mayor Bill de Blasio implemented the Vision Zero initiative to reduce auto-related deaths in New York City. In January, he claimed that 2015 was the safest year on New York City streets on record. According to data from New York City Department of Transportation and the NYPD, 134 pedestrians were killed in auto-related accidents in 2015, a drop from 139 deaths in 2014 and 183 deaths in 2013.