Hundreds gather to remember NW Mo. State student found dead on campus

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MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Friends, family and sorority sisters came together Monday night to remember Haily Hayes, a freshman at Northwest Missouri State who was found dead in her on-campus home Sunday morning. According to the university, Hayes was found dead by her roommate and the cause of her death is still unknown.

Hundreds of students, many who had never met Hayes, came out for a vigil Monday at the university’s student union. One of Hayes sorority sisters told FOX 4 that members of Sigma Kappa were told not to speak to the media. Members from other sororities and fraternities came out to show their support.

“When something like this happens in the Greek community we all try our hardest to get together, to come together,” said Maya Rivera, who is in a sorority at the university. “I mean we are just one big community on this campus, we are all so close with the other sorority and fraternities on campus.”

Friends said Hayes was active in Sigma Kappa, volunteered with Big Brothers Big Sisters and was majoring in business management. They said Hayes cried the day she got into her sorority because she was so excited to find her new campus family.

Hayes' mother and father said they want their daughter to be remembered as the smart, loving and caring woman she was. Hayes is originally from Oak Grove, Mo.

Autopsy results for the official cause of death can take up to 8 to 10 weeks.