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Indiana University junior, 20, is found dead in his dorm room

Indiana University junior, 20, found in his dorm room had been ‘dead for some time’ as cops rule out foul play but his brother says autopsy showed ‘no signs of self-harm’

  • Jose Mario ‘Joma’ Leonardo, 20, from Indianapolis, was found dead at his room at Indianapolis University on February 18 
  • Campus police performed welfare check after his brother told he had not heard from him in a while 
  • Officials said Leonardo had been dead for some time and no foul play was suspected  
  • Leonardo was a junior and resident life coordinator at Eigenmann Hall

An Indiana University student has been found dead in his dormitory room by campus police performing a welfare check at the request of the victim’s brother.

Jose Mario ‘Joma’ Leonardo, 20, from Indianapolis, was found unresponsive in an Eigenmann Hall room in Bloomington last Thursday.

IU police officers went to Leonardo’s room at 6.40pm to perform a welfare check after being contacted by his brother, who told them he had not heard from him in a while.

Jose Mario 'Joma' Leonardo, 20, was found dead at his room at Indianapolis University in Bloomington on February 18

Jose Mario ‘Joma’ Leonardo, 20, was found dead at his room at Indianapolis University in Bloomington on February 18

Campus police performed a welfare check at Leonardo's room at Eigenmann Hall (pictured) after his brother told he had not heard from him in a while

Campus police performed a welfare check at Leonardo's room at Eigenmann Hall (pictured) after his brother told he had not heard from him in a while

Campus police performed a welfare check at Leonardo’s room at Eigenmann Hall (pictured) after his brother told he had not heard from him in a while

This picture shows a typical dorm room at Eigenmann Hall, not Leonardo's

This picture shows a typical dorm room at Eigenmann Hall, not Leonardo's

This picture shows a typical dorm room at Eigenmann Hall, not Leonardo’s    

Police said Leonardo appeared to have been dead for some time. No foul play is suspected at this time, reported Indianapolis Star.

Leonardo was a junior and a resident life coordinator at IU. He was expected to graduate next year.

His brother Koji Leonardo revealed in a Facebook post that preliminary autopsy results showed no signs of self-harm or foul play.

He also wrote that so far no cause of death has been determined. 

Leonardo was a junior and resident life coordinator at Eigenmann Hall

Leonardo was a junior and resident life coordinator at Eigenmann Hall

His brother wrote on Facebook that police found no evidence of foul play or self-harm

His brother wrote on Facebook that police found no evidence of foul play or self-harm

Leonardo was a junior and resident life coordinator at Eigenmann Hall. His brother wrote on Facebook that police found no evidence of foul play or self-harm 

‘You have touch the lives of many people and have shined your kindness upon everyone single one of them,’ the brother wrote in a status update on Friday. ‘I will always look up to you. I will always be there for you, and i am glad to be able to call you my best friend and brother.’

Leonardo was a member of the group College Democrats at Indiana University, which posted a note on its Facebook page mourning his death.

‘Those who knew Joma were inspired by his dedication to progressive change, and we will work towards making the change he wanted to see in order to honor his legacy. He will be dearly missed,’ the post read.


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