More questions than answers in Trinity student's death

Details as to what happened to a Trinity University cheerleader who died on Halloween are still unclear.

SAN ANTONIO-- More questions remain than answers in the recent passing of Trinity University student and cheerleader, Cayley Mandadi.

Mandadi, a 19-year-old sophomore, died in Luling, Tx. on Halloween afternoon, according to the university's online newspaper.

Events leading up to her passing and what she was doing an hour away from San Antonio remains a mystery, as officials were remaining tight-lipped Friday.

Lt. Jason Reyes, a spokesman for Texas DPS, confirmed to KENS 5 that the Texas Rangers are currently investigating Mandadi's death. "This is an on-going investigation being conducted by the Texas Rangers at the request of Luling PD and Caldwell County DA's office," Lt. Reyes said.

Lt. Reyes said he was not able to comment further so as to not jeopardize the case.

Because the incident happened off campus, Trinity University officials also said they have little knowledge of the investigation or events leading to Mandadi's death. 

“Our main focus continues to be on honoring Cayley’s memory and supporting her family, friends, and classmates as we cope with this devastating loss,” said Trinity President Danny Anderson said in a statement on the school's website.

A social media post from Trinity University staff member, Sheryl Tynes, pointed to an alert sent to students from Trinity Police the day after Mandadi's passing. However, it was not clear if the alert was connected to Mandadi's death. "We recently shared an alert for a TUPD Criminal Trespass Warning regarding a non-student named Mark Howerton, who had been associated with Cayley and is not welcome back to Trinity," Tynes said in the post.

Further details in the case were not immediately available.

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