A 19-year-old rising star in Northwestern’s women’s basketball team hanged herself in her dorm room, the Cook County Medical Examiner‘s Office has ruled.
Jordan Hankins, a sophomore from Indianapolis who was studying at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, was found dead in her room on Monday afternoon.
Her death was confirmed to be suicide by hanging on Tuesday, the medical examiner’s office told People.
The reason for Hankins’s suicide has not yet been made public.
Her brother, Jared Hankins, posted a photo of the pair on Twitter on Monday. He wrote: ‘I know you’re in a better place now. I have to make it somewhere in basketball now no questions asked.’
Jared, a sophomore on the Lawrence North boys high school basketball team, told the Indy Star that his sister was his ‘role model’. He and his parents saw Jordan last week at a basketball game, he said.
‘We talked for the last time a week ago and everything seemed good,’ he said. ‘She was happy.’
Just three days before her death, Hankins had messaged her brother to wish him luck in a game, tweeting: ‘Stay humbled and hungry bubby.’
Girls’ basketball coach Chris Giffin said that Hankins had been a star in the classroom as well as on the court helping out students with disabilities.
‘She was a multi-faceted, compassionate and extremely talented young woman,’ he said. ‘She was a wonderful student athlete and leader. Jordan had a huge heart and will be missed.’