Update: 4:59 p.m., Dec. 8, 2017

Elon University senior Harrison Pearce Durant, 23, has died. Town of Elon Police were called at 10:43 a.m. to his off-campus home in Partners Place. 

Town of Elon Police Chief Cliff Parker said Durant's death is "an isolated incident." It is being "investigated as a suicide."

Originally from Arlington, Massachusetts, Durant was majoring in computing sciences. He was also a member of Elon's Club Swimming.

Durant is remembered by a close friend as "a brilliant, open-minded, and loving friend." Photo via Durant's Facebook. 

Senior Mollie Monett said Durant was one of her first friends at Elon.

"He always made sure everyone was included in all group events, so that no one would ever feel left out," Monett said. "He truly cared for the well-being of others, and was very loved in return."

Josh Manning '15, was a fellow computing science major who had classes with Durant.

"He was a pretty chill guy. One of the smartest kids I had classes with, always super happy and easy going," Manning said. "My first computer science classes with him, he was always so willing to help me out. [He] was always keeping in touch after I left Elon [to see] how things were."

Durant continued to maintain many friendships at Elon.

"We shared many great memories together," Monett said. "It felt like nothing changed when we would catch up. He will truly be missed."

Senior William Henderson connected with Durant through a cappella and a mutual interest in freestyle rapping. 

"He was always such a nice guy, a truly genuine personality. He always had a smile on his face when i saw him," Henderson said.

Durant was a member and beat-boxer in Elon's all-male a cappella group Smooth Progressions. Garcian D'Cruz '17 is a former member of Smooth Progressions and worked together with Durant. 

"He dedicated his talents to those around him and he made our group sound better. I consider it a privilege to have been able to be his brother on the stage and I am deeply saddened by his passing," D'Cruz said. "Harrison was one of us. He will always be a member of Smooth Progressions and he will always be part of that brotherhood."


Above, Durant appeared on ELN Morning on Oct. 21, 2014 with members of Smooth Progressions to sing "Story of My Life" by One Direction. Durant can be seen beat-boxing on the far left.

Bella Mazzola '17, who knew Durant during her last two years at Elon said she was also saddened by the news.

"He was one of the sweetest guys I knew," Mazzola said. 

Durant is remembered by friends for being "super happy and easy going." Photo via Durant's Facebook.

Jon Dooley, vice president for Student Life, said in an email sent on Dec. 8 at 1:57 p.m. that, "The loss of a classmate, friend, and student is devastating to our community and this news reaches us at a particularly difficult time of year."

In response to the death, there will be a “Gathering of Friends” at 6 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 8, in the Numen Lumen Pavilion for those in the community wanting to reflect on memories and moments with Harrison. 

Truitt Center chaplains and counselors will be available at the Numen Lumen Pavilion until 5 p.m today and the Sacred Space will be open for quiet reflection.


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