Recent Sacramento graduate dies in college dorm

Published: Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013 - 6:23 pm

A recent Sacramento high school graduate, barely a month into her freshman year at a South Carolina Baptist college, died after delivering a stillborn baby in her dorm room, authorities reported.

Sacramento Charter High School grad Ayaanah Gibson, 19, was found dead Tuesday in her South Carolina college single dorm room, authorities said.

Gibson died from blood loss after delivering a stillborn baby at Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, said Richland County Coroner Gary Watts. At the time of delivery, likely three days before her body was found, Gibson was approximately 32 weeks pregnant, Watts said.

"The Benedict College family is deeply saddened this evening about the unexpected loss of one of its students," officials at the small, historically black liberal arts college said in a statement shortly after Gibson's death became known. "Please join the Benedict College family in praying for our fallen Tiger and her family."

Benedict College students gathered Tuesday evening in the campus chapel in her memory.

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