RU freshman died while being held at New River Valley Regional Jail

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DUBLIN, Va. (WDBJ7) -- UPDATE: The inmate who died while in custody at the New River Valley Regional jail has been identified by jail officials.

Officials said Aris Eduardo Lobo-Perez died Thursday morning after he was found unresponsive in his cell.

University officials say Lobo-Perez was a freshman enrolled in classes for the Fall 2019 semester. He was majoring in Sports Management.

ORIGINAL: Virginia State Police are investigating the death of an inmate at the New River Valley Regional Jail.

An 18-year-old man was found unresponsive in his cell Thursday morning during routine security and well-being checks at the jail, according to NRVRJ Superintendent Gregory Winston.

Security and medical staff rendered first aid and EMS were dispatched to the jail. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was taken to the Medical Examiner's Office in Roanoke, according to a release.

Virginia State Police will investigate the inmate's cause of death.

His identity has not yet been released.

Jail officials said the inmate was jailed on Wednesday, Sept. 11 just at 11:57 p.m. for intoxication in public or public swearing.

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