Tragedy Strikes at UGA as Nursing Student Fatally Attacked While Jogging

Athens, Georgia – Authorities have identified the woman who was tragically killed while jogging at UGA’s intramural fields as Laken Riley, a student in the nursing program at Augusta University located on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Normaltown.

UGA Police Chief Jeffrey Clark disclosed that the victim, initially unnamed, was not a UGA student but was enrolled in another institution. It was later revealed by Augusta University that Riley was a student in their nursing program. The identity of Riley was disclosed to the public on Friday following notification of her family about the heartbreaking loss.

Riley had been a student at UGA until the spring of 2023 before transferring to Augusta University’s nursing program in Athens. In response to the tragic incident, UGA campus police announced on Friday afternoon that a person of interest has been identified and is currently being questioned as part of an active and ongoing investigation. The authorities assured the public that further updates will be provided as the investigation progresses.

The discovery of Riley’s body in the vicinity of Lake Herrick came after a concerned friend reached out to the authorities, expressing worries about her failure to return from a jog. The incident has shaken the community and raised concerns about safety in the area, prompting a renewed focus on campus security measures.

Friends, family, and the community at large mourn the loss of Riley, remembering her as a dedicated and aspiring nursing student. The investigation into her untimely death continues, with authorities working diligently to bring closure to the case and ensure justice is served for Riley and her loved ones. The tragic event serves as a stark reminder of the importance of safety precautions and vigilance, encouraging individuals to prioritize their well-being while engaging in outdoor activities.