TSU student dies in ‘tragic accident,’ family says

“Mia is remembered for being an energetic, hard worker,” the university said.
Published: Jun. 14, 2023 at 10:31 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 14, 2023 at 11:27 AM CDT
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – A Tennessee State University student died earlier this month in a “tragic accident,” according to the woman’s family.

Mia Amelia Kanu, 23, was pronounced dead on June 5, her mother wrote in a Facebook post.

“It is with great sadness that my family announces the death of my beautiful first sweet baby Mia Amelia,” the post said.

Kanu was a senior pre-vet, undergraduate food and animal sciences student at TSU. The university’s Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences posted on Facebook about Konu’s death, saying they were “deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Mia.”

“We send our condolences to her family and friends,” the department said. “Mia is remembered for being an energetic, hard worker. She conducted research as a Dean’s Scholar at the campus Agricultural Research and Extension Center under the mentorship of Dr. Richard Browning and Mrs. Emily Hayes.”

The 23-year-old’s accident happened in Southfield, Michigan, according to reports, but the circumstances surrounding her death remain unclear.

The Southfield Police Department said Kanu was found lying on Providence Drive in the early morning hours of June 3. Police said Kanu had previously been at a party at the Coach House Apartments.

Emergency crews arrived and rendered aid until medics came to the scene and transported Kanu to a local hospital, where she was put on life support.

A video posted by her mother shows Kanu’s organs were donated before she was taken off life support.

South Police detectives are handling this as a homicide investigation and are currently analyzing video footage and interviewing people involved in the party that night, as well as the driver of the vehicle that Kanu was in before she was found on the road.

Autopsy results are pending to determine her cause of death.