Senior music major found dead outside Luther Hall Wednesday

Olivia Greenlee
Olivia Greenlee, center, senior music major, is pictured in Jennings Hall after her fall senior voice recital with sisters Mollie Greenlee, left, and Sara Greenlee Hamm. | Submitted Photo by Sara Greenlee Hamm

Jackson authorities were called to Union University’s campus after campus security found Olivia Greenlee, senior music major, dead in her vehicle early Feb. 12.

Greenlee, 21, a commuter student from Dyersburg, was found at 7:50 a.m. in the Luther Hall parking lot.

Investigators and an assistant county medical examiner were called to the scene. According to a Jackson Police Department release, the preliminary cause of death appears to be a gunshot wound. A gun was found in the vehicle.

“We are sad to learn of the death of our student, Olivia Greenlee, a senior music major from Dyersburg,” Union President David Dockery said. “As we learn additional information, we will seek to share it with the Union community. Until then, please join us in praying for the family and friends of Olivia, and for the entire Union community in this hour of need.”

JPD is conducting an investigation to find further details.

Police Capt. Tyreece Miller said he expects information in the police report to change as they anticipate an update.

Greenlee was a music education major and a vocalist. She sang with University Singers for the past two years.

The Department of Music held a meeting of students, faculty and staff this morning.

Christopher Mathews, chairman of the department, read Psalm 34:18, which states, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

“This is our hope, this is our promise that we’ve been given,” said Mathews. “We will trust that God is near to Olivia’s family. … We trust that the Lord is near to us as we’re brokenhearted as well.”

Mathews said the department is “close-knit” and many students knew Greenlee.

“The sweetness of her voice was surpassed only by her smile,” said Mathews.

Katherine Burgess, Cardinal & Cream online and social media editor, contributed to this report.

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