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Memorial Fund For Colton Gleason, Friends Reach out on Twitter


ST. CLOUD – Friends of Colton Gleason have started a Twitter hash tag in order to get the word out about the search for the man who punched him, which led to his death.  The hash tag is #Justice4Colton.

Gleason is a 2010 graduate of Orono High School.

A memorial fund has also been set-up for the family of Colton Gleason.  Donations can be at any U.S. Bank branch location.

Gleason was visiting friends in St. Cloud on Thursday night when he was punched.  He fell to the ground and hit his head. He died at St. Cloud Hospital at about 9:15 p.m. on Friday night.

There is a reward of $1,000 being offered for any leads in the case.  There have been no arrests so far.

Meanwhile, St. Cloud State University has sent out a letter from the Student Life and Development Department.

The following letter was sent on Monday to all students:

The St. Cloud Police Department and St. Cloud State University are partnering to help identify persons involved in an incident last Thursday night that resulted in the death of 20-year-old Colton Gleason.  The St. Cloud State University community is greatly saddened by Colton’s death and expresses sympathy to his family and friends.
Although Colton was not a student at St. Cloud State and this incident did not happen on campus, we are concerned for the well-being and safety of the entire community.
For students who may have concerns, professionals at Counseling and Psychological Services provide confidential support.
This incident is a reminder that personal safety is an issue for everyone.  Following basic safety practices, like those sent to you Sept. 13, is important.  We encourage you to follow these tips:
·         Avoid alleys
·         Stay in well-lighted areas; travel major thoroughfares
·         Travel in groups; do not travel alone
·         Don’t desert your friends
·         Do not text or use headphones when walking
·         Avoid confrontations; leave the area when you notice something concerning
·         Lock your residence doors and windows
·         Do not let strangers know when your residence is unoccupied or when you are home alone
·         Report any suspicious activities to 911
·         Take the Late Nite Bus to the stop nearest your residence
Members of the St. Cloud Police Department’s Community Crime Impact Team are available for questions at a kiosk most Wednesdays in Atwood Memorial Center and during scheduled residence hall programs.  The University, the St. Cloud Police Department and Student Government are working together on safety and other issues.  The Student Government leadership team will communicate with students in the coming days.

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