UNC student dies in Chapel Hill

From staff reportsJune 20, 2014 

— A rising senior at the University of North Carolina has died in Chapel Hill, according to the UNC Interfraternity Council.

Harris Pharr, a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity, died early Thursday evening, according to Kenan Drum, president of the Interfraternity Council. Drum declined to comment on the circumstances of Pharr’s death, citing his family’s privacy as a concern.

Pharr, 21, was a biomedical engineering major who grew up in Atlantic Beach, Fla., and later attended Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh, according to a personal site hosted by the university.

He was the rush chair for Chi Phi and a volunteer coordinator for Habitat for Humanity, according to his LinkedIn profile.

“Harris was beloved by many here at Carolina, and will be remembered for his illuminating smile and jovial spirit,” Drum wrote in an email.

Sgt. Preston Oppegard of the Chapel Hill Police Department confirmed that the department was conducting a death investigation involving a UNC student, but he did not name the student, saying the department was still notifying the student’s family members.

A spokeswoman for the university on Friday night said that she didn’t have any information about the reported death.

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