Friends Struggle To Cope With Death Of OU Student

By
Taylor Mirfendereski

Dateline
Updated Sat, Nov 5, 2011 6:21 am

Friends and family of an Ohio University student who died earlier this week are struggling to find a way to deal with what happened.

Yaara Mashmoor, 21, died early Thursday morning after being found unresponsive by her boyfriend at her home on Grosvenor Street in Athens.

A preliminary autopsy report says the cause of death for the junior psychology major from Pepper Pike is "undetermined".  But, the Athens County Coroner says Mashmoor was reportedly drinking before her death and results from toxicology and tissue tests might tell him more about what happened to her.  Those tests normally take six and eight weeks.

Just days ago, Brittany Fisher and Mashmoor shared the home on Grosvenor Street together.

Today, Fisher is grieving the loss of her friend.

"It's almost like doesn't feel real," says Fisher. "Even sitting in this house, it's like, OK when is she going to come through the door?"

Police says foul play is not suspected in the case, but investigators are not saying much more about what may have happened to Mashmoor.

"We don't want to be evasive and we're not trying to be, but we also need to protect the integrity of the investigation by not divulging too much information," says Police Chief Tom Pyle.

Friends say Mashmoor had a bubbly personality and welcomed everyone with open arms.

"If you were to meet her, if I were to introduce you to her and you didn't know her, you would feel like you knew her," says Adetunji Adedipe, Mashmoor's friend.

"She was just such a genuine and amazing person. She didn't have a bad bone in her body. She was very forgiving and she was everything that a human should be," says Fisher.

Mashmoor was also an artist.

"She liked to make her own things and hang them on the walls," says Fisher. "She was just really creative."

Now in an empty house, Fisher and Mashmoor's friends say they've got empty hearts.

"It's just really hard. I mean, that was my best friend. I just, I don't know," says Adedipe.

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