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."

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.