Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2008-04-04

Samford has learned that a Cumberland School of Law student, Matthew David McLain, died tragically in an off-campus accident Friday morning, April 4.

In a statement to the Samford community, president Andrew Westmoreland said, "I am sorry to inform you that Matt McLain, a student in the Cumberland School of Law, died early this morning of a gunshot wound.

"The accident occurred in Homewood at an apartment complex on Raleigh Avenue. Members of the Homewood Police Department are investigating the accident and we are working with authorities in every way possible to learn what we can about it," said Dr. Westmoreland.

"Matt is remembered today as a young man full of promise. We grieve with those who loved him and we offer our steadfast support for family and friends during these days."

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.