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Funeral Services Scheduled For Rye Grad Found Dead In Sorority Bedroom

Marisa Gail Curlen
Marisa Gail Curlen Photo Credit: Facebook

RYE, N.Y. -- Funeral services will be held on Saturday for Marisa Gail Curlen, the 2013 graduate of Rye High School who was found unresponsive in her Virginia sorority bedroom early Friday.

An investigation is under way in the cause of death for Miss Curlen, the 20-year-old daughter of Julie A. Curlen of Rye and Steve Curlen of New Rochelle.

The family will receive friends during Friday calling hours at Graham Funeral Home, 1036 Boston Post Road in Rye, from 2 to 4 p.m., and from 6 to 8 p.m.

Funeral services will be held at Rye Presbyterian Church at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Virginia officials said results of toxicology tests may not be known for about three months to determine the exact cause of death for the James Madison University sophomore.

Miss Curlen was found about 7:30 a.m. Friday, and police in Harrisonburg, Va., said a preliminary investigation found "no suspicious circumstances or foul play."

Earlier reports on both News 12 and CBS New York cited alcohol poisoning as her suspected cause of the death.

Miss Curlen is the third member of her class at Rye High School to die since graduation in 2013. Michael Rath, 19, a student at at Coastal Carolina University in Conway, S.C., was found dead on Jan. 22, 2014, at his campus apartment. And Peter Collins, 18, a student at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, was found unresponsive at his Rye home on July 26, 2014, and died at Greenwich Hospital.

Mr. Collins played varsity hockey at Rye High. Miss Curlen was a member of the RHS varsity volleyball team..

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