University learns of death of senior, April 19
Posted April 19, 2006; 06:00 p.m.
Princeton officials learned today from the family of senior Manzili J. Davis of Chicago that he was found deceased in California.
Davis' family informed administrators that the family had been concerned he was missing and they were informed this morning by California authorities that Davis apparently took his life while on a trip to East Palo Alto, Calif.
Davis came to Princeton from Mount Carmel High School, where he graduated with honors in May of 2002. He was the president of the National Honor Society and was a member of the Scholastic Bowl Team, Math Competition Team, Forensic Society and the Cross Country team.
At Princeton, Davis was completing his degree this year in the politics department. He was a Mathey College peer adviser as well as a member of the Whig-Cliosophic Society and Prelaw Society.
He is survived by his parents, Roella Davis and Jerome Davis, and elder sisters Johari Davis and Malaika Henderson.
After learning of the family's tragedy, President Shirley M. Tilghman called Davis' mother to express her condolences. Princeton students, faculty and staff were later notified of Davis' death in an e-mail.
"As a community, we are deeply saddened by this loss," Tilghman said. "We offer our support and sincere condolences to Manzili's friends and family. We are planning a memorial service so students and other members of the Princeton family will have an opportunity to honor his memory."
The University offers a full array of student support services, and students who would like to speak with counselors are encouraged to contact Counseling and Psychological Services. University Health Services is open 24 hours daily, and clinicians at Counseling and Psychological Services are available from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Appointments can be made in advance by calling 258-3285. Students seeking counseling on a more urgent basis can be seen on the same day by calling the same number. Pastoral counseling is also available through the Office of Religious Life.
Interment arrangements are pending an autopsy by the San Mateo County Coroner's Office.