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Husband, father, regional student dies

By Rebecca Huff, For The Miami Student

Criminal Justice and Business student Derek Huffman died Sunday, Jan. 25, 2015 at 3:15 a.m. Only 35 years old, he left behind a wife and four children, two of which were his step children.

Huffman's body was found in the Cove Motel on 2800 Dixie Highway in Hamilton. The cause of death is not confirmed, but police are investigating it as a drug overdose.

"There's no confirmation on the drug that was used," Detective Mark Nichols said. "We are still waiting on toxicology and other lab reports."

Huffman's wife, Anessa, released a statement following her husband's death.

"I'm certain now that you found the peace you were searching for," she said.

Robert Rusbosin, Regional Senior Associate Dean of Students, expressed his condolences.

"The entire campus is very sad [about the death of] Derek Huffman, and our counseling services are available for any student who needs to meet with a professional counselor to assist in their loss," he said.

The Student Government Association (SGA) honored Huffman with a moment of silence. SGA will also be sending a signed card to the Huffman family.

"I think the family is coming together and dealing with it the best way possible or the best way they can," Rusbosin said.

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