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  • Writer's pictureThe Dayton Weekly News

Senior Honor Student and WU Basketball PG Loses His Life

The Wilberforce University community is deeply saddened by the death of senior William Jacob Easton. William was a respected member of the campus community as a student with a 3.5 grade point average and as a point guard for the basketball team.

Services for William will be held in his hometown of Jacksonville, Florida Saturday, April 17 at Bethel Baptist Institutional Church.

The university has learned that William was involved in an automobile accident in Jacksonville last week and died Saturday, April 9th, one day before his 22nd birthday.

Derek Williams, WU Athletics Director

"William was the epitome of what you would want for any young man. This is a huge loss for the university and his home community." - Derek Williams, WU Athletics Director

The university’s presidential cabinet has elected to award William's degree posthumously at the May 29th commencement. WU faculty will make the final decision.


Wilberforce University, established in 1856, is the nation’s first, private, historically black college or university (HBCU). Located in Greene County, near Dayton Ohio, the four year, accredited university is a member of the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), the Ohio LINK Library Consortium and the NAIA Athletic Conference.

According to, Wilberforce is one of the top five HBCUs in the midwest.

Contact: Marsha Bonhart, 937-286-0023

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