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Abigail Bastien photos: How did Johns Hopkins University star sprinter die?

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Abigail Bastien
Pictured, Johns Hopkins University college student and star sprinter who was found dead at the Baltimore campus. Image via Facebook
Abigail Bastien
Pictured, Abigail Bastien, Johns Hopkins University college student and star sprinter who was found dead at the Baltimore campus. Image via Facebook

How did Abigail Bastien a Johns Hopkins University star track athlete and sprinter die? No foul play suspected but was she taking sports enhancing drugs?

Abigail Bastien a teenage star track sprinter at Johns Hopkins University has been found dead a the Baltimore campus.

The 19 year old woman’s body was found by police Thursday morning at the 3700 block of N Charles Street, just north of the university’s Homewood campus.

Police are still investigating and have not yet determined her cause of death.  

Police said there were no obvious signs of foul play at the scene noted a university newsletter.

Officers responded to the scene at about 8am and found Bastien’s body outside. 

Abigail Bastien
Pictured, Abigail Bastien, Johns Hopkins University college student and star sprinter who was found dead at the Baltimore campus.

University officials notified the Johns Hopkins’ community of Bastien’s death via email on Thursday afternoon, reported the Baltimore Sun.

‘On behalf of the entire Johns Hopkins community, we offer our deepest sympathies to Abby’s family and friends,’ the email read from vice provost of student affairs, Kevin G. Shollenberger, and senior associate dean of student life, Toni Blackwell.

Bastien had four other siblings, two sisters and two brothers.  

Bastien was working in the cell biology department in the university’s School of Medicine over the summer. 

The sophomore was also a member of the Alpha Phi sorority and was a star sprinter on the track and field team.   

‘Her coaches say that Abby always had a smile on her face, loved being a student-athlete at Johns Hopkins, and deeply cared for the members of her team,’ the university wrote.

‘Together, we mourn the loss of such a promising member of our community.’

At the time of initial publishing, Thursday evening,  it was not understood if Bastien had any ongoing health concerns including speculation of whether she may have taken athletic performance drugs which may have caused her death….?

Update: Come Monday morning, Baltimore Police said Abigail’s death stemming from a likely accidental fall from her off-campus apartment building noted the baltimoresun.

Bastien’s body was discovered about 7:50 a.m. Thursday outside in the 3700 block of N. Charles St., just north of the university’s Homewood campus, where there are high-rise apartments for students.

In the interim, friends and family continue to commiserate in the ‘freak accident’ that took the life of a rising sophomore student and athletic star.

Abigail Bastien
Pictured, Abigail Bastien, Johns Hopkins University college student and star sprinter who was found dead at the Baltimore campus.
Abigail Bastien
Pictured, Abigail Bastien, Johns Hopkins University college student and star sprinter who was found dead at the Baltimore campus.
Abigail Bastien
Pictured, Abigail Bastien, Johns Hopkins University college student and star sprinter who was found dead at the Baltimore campus.
Abigail Bastie
Pictured, Abigail Bastien, Johns Hopkins University college student and star sprinter who was found dead at the Baltimore campus. Pictured with her mother. Image via Facebook.
Abigail Bastie
Pictured, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore student, Abigail Bastien
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  • LarlaAnn

    Local Baltimore media has already published updates on this story. where’s yours? anything you care to clarify/retract/apologize for yet, or are you going to wait the 6-8 weeks for the toxicology report to come back first? i’m waiting.

  • deeskus

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. She seems like she was an amazing young lady with a bright future. May I ask, though, how were you able to determine that she fell from the window? I just have not seen any other sources for this information. Were you there when it happened? What are the windows like that someone can easily fall out of them, or do you think someone had motive to push her? Have any investigators talked to you? I really hope they get to the bottom of this. Thank you. My deepest condolences.

  • deeskus

    Christopher Koulouris and scallywagandvagabond.com, you are both sick. Take this article down.

  • georgeschwimmer

    This is heartbreaking. Make sure you make use of the resources at Hopkins to talk about your experience of finding her, as this markedly decreases your chances of developing PTSD symptoms later. There are resources for treating psychological trauma at Sheppard Pratt, on North Charles.

    Obviously, the police need to do their investigation to make sure that she was not pushed (homicide) and the ME will do an assessment of whether the cause of death was suicide. And if it was an accidental fall, there needs to be an assessment of whether the building had adequate protective equipment or whether other building residents are at risk. There are still questions that are a matter of public safety and the Baltimore police will hopefully release information in a timely manner and in a way that is sensitive to the privacy of the family, if desired.

  • LarlaAnn

    i’m so sorry you experienced this. i’m also at Hopkins – please let me or someone here know if you need to talk.

  • Madeleine Guell

    Journalism isn’t about interpreting news in your own way and asking questions, its about reporting events that have happened with an unbiased opinion. Obviously your bias towards student athletes is shining through. While I was searching around for the definition of “journalism”, I found this quote; “It’s most unique because the message is not typically the journalist’s personal story or subjective thoughts. Instead, the journalist acts as a conduit, narrating an objective story about something that happened or is happening, based on his or her observations and discoveries”. You did not observe or discover that Abby was taking performance enhancing drugs, you are inserting your bias, which clearly makes this what we like to call “fake news” and not real journalism since your bias is leading to clear speculation. Maybe read around a bit before calling yourself a journalist, and while you do so, you can take this piece down out of respect for Abby’s friends and family. If you want to discuss the question of performance enhancing drugs, pose that question regarding an athlete this actually pertains to. Not a hard working, driven individual who would never even consider taking performance enhancing drugs. Let us handle this tragic death in peace without having to deal with assholes like you. Have some decency and stop calling yourself a journalist.

  • Omm

    And – may I add- I think that someone who claims to be a “journalist” would realize that track & field season isn’t in JULY (even preseason) so not even division 1 athletes would have a reason to take performance enhancing drugs rn smfh

  • Omm

    As one of the people who was there when her body was first discovered outside of our student housing, and as one of the members of the Hopkins community I honestly can’t believe an article like this exists. To clear some things up, Abby was one of the most outstanding and virtuous people at the school. She wasn’t murdered, and she didn’t die of natural causes or illness. Our building has the best views on campus which she loved and she was subletting for the summer (it’s upperclassman housing). She fell out of her 9th floor window.

  • georgeschwimmer

    I am hoping that there will be more information forthcoming about this sweet child’s death, in the responsible media, in a way that protects the family’s privacy. Those of us who live in the area would like timely information to know if there is a crazed murderer lurking around. Though the official news reports say there was no evidence of foul play, until more information is released, none of us know if we need to be very worried. Or just a little worried. Or not worried at all. As a medical professional, I highly doubt this was related to performance-enhancing drugs. She was a good runner at a DIII school, but not a national level or professional runner and she would have little incentive to use such drugs. Scanning her instagram posts, it is apparent that she, like many others, found her freshman year at JHU to be pretty challenging, and otherwise, seemed to have a loving group of friends and family to support her.

    If a medical cause is determined by the ME, the police should release information to the general public that there is nothing to fear in the way of a murderer. They could do that in a way that respects the family’s privacy (though many families choose to speak out even in cases of suicide or alcohol/drug related deaths). My heart goes out to the entire family and they are entitled to privacy about their daughter’s death, but the general public should be given some general information soon.

  • LarlaAnn

    you could have asked “…but was she running in the heat and suffered heatstroke?, …but was she killed in a hit and run?, …but was she killed by a falling comet?, …but was she killed by a stranger on the street?”

    nah…you went with sports enhancing drugs because she’s a student athlete. that is deliberately inflammatory, and while you have the right to say it and voice your opinion, my opinion is that you’re lacking integrity for speculating so wildly when there are scenarios that are more likely, but not as exploitative. baltimore’s murder rate makes that cause of death statistically more plausible, for example.

  • LarlaAnn

    a rabble rouser? i’m referencing the known facts of a tragic death, which are essentially that the facts remain unknown.

    you’re speculating about a dead girl’s possible cause of death based on the public social media pictures you scooped from her facebook page.

    continue to try to defend your journalistic integrity, but you’ve made clear the type of person and professional you are. it’s quite helpful when you’re so transparent about it, though.

    i know you’ll leave this thread here so people can assess the fact-seeking of your work for themselves, since you stand so ardently by this journalistic masterpiece.

  • Laura – be grateful that we still (or do we really?) live in a society where we can still ask questions. And if you find certain questions, speculation unsettling or in poor taste- it’s ok- You’re free to your thoughts- having said that, the moment rabble rousers like you start announcing that to even ask questions or speculate is tantamount to slandering the sooner we will all be rounded off to a camp where we only have one thought one idea- presumably you will be employed as the watch guard ….

  • LarlaAnn

    i didn’t know the deceased. rather, i’m just a human being that cares about other human beings.

    there’s nothing to disagree about – you are fabricating ideas that have no basis in reality.

    because libel and slander expire upon death in most states, it’s clear that you enjoy the freedom of publishing defaming speculations about “tragic victims” with impunity.

  • Laura, it’s fine we can disagree. And you are also free to not keep coming back to this site and stay with the ‘safe sensitive sites that don’t like to ask tough questions,’ that you know and trust. My commiserations for your friend’s loss ….

  • LarlaAnn

    you are not a journalist. if you were, you would have developed a more complete story, perhaps noting that within the last 3 years, a star athlete at this institution died from the flu.

    so YES, star athletes die at the age of 19 from health concerns. her family and the baltimore city officials are handling the “why” of this tragedy, so your attention and speculation are no longer needed in this matter.

    edit: because facts matter, i’m confirming that your linked post was reported on fb as fake news at 2:58pm on 7/14, as per my screenshot and timestamp on my comment. whether anything happens is beyond my control, but since you know so much about all of this, you should know that too.

  • Laura – this article has not been flagged on Facebook at all.

    If you want to read foxnews or people, you know how to type into your browser, they will sell you all the ‘feel good public relation’ stories that the media world has become.

    As unsettling as Abigail’s sudden death is, one should ask WHY ? This is what the media should be doing. Not once did I report that she died of sports enhancing drugs, but merely asked if that could have played a part given the fact she Abigail was a star sprinter. Do star athletes die at the age of 19 from health concerns?

    Would it be the first time a school track athlete died of taking ‘sports enhancing drugs’ – the pressure to excel is great. Is that far out of the realm to wonder? Or should a journalist also be asked to be politically correct at every corner and only ask polite questions lest we offend ? Then what role do journalists play in society if not to provoke discussion?

    I appreciate you’re hurt and angry with Abigail’s death but don’t be dissuaded by a journalist who seeks to ask questions and refuses to follow the common vernacular of being a public relations agent for celebrities, reality stars and even tragic victims …..

  • LarlaAnn

    not only is this disgusting, it is ill-informed, insensitive, and entirely unwarranted. the cause of death is still unknown and certainly doesn’t need to be speculated upon by an armchair “journalist.” this post has been flagged as fake news on facebook.

  • Anna King

    As someone who has known and loved Abby for more years than I can count, I find this article disgusting and incredulous. How dare you use the death of a beautiful, loved, bright young woman for clickbait. If you are going to report anything, stick to the facts: Abby was an absolutely incredible young woman with a future so bright. She was smart, she was funny, she was athletic, she was loved beyond belief. I, and so many others, are truly better people for having known and loved her. She was the brightest of souls, and her death is tragic. I am so angry and hurt to read your article based entirely on lies and speculation. Please, for the sake of all those mourning this incredible loss, take this article down.

  • Re

    You are a disgusting human being.

  • Re

    You are a disgusting human being to suggest anything of the sort.

  • Lindsay Young

    It hurts my heart to see Abby’s name under a “Scandal and Gossip” column as we endure this loss. It is heartbreaking to think that there are people who would exploit the death of a young, bright, intelligent girl for the mere fact that she was a college student athlete. In this time of confusion and complete disbelief for Abby’s family and friends, thinking about what may have happened to her is hard enough. We simply do not know. In this article, you make misleading, hurtful, and incredibly unreliable statements relating to Abby, how she lived her life, and her death. I am indescribably upset that this post was created, considering the sentiments included. All I can do is pray that this post doesn’t reach and hurt more close to her, that you may find the kindness to take this post down, that her family may heal, and that she rest peacefully in heaven.

  • Madeleine Guell

    Being one of Abby’s close friends, I find this very disrespectful and inconsiderate. Abby would have never taken performance enhancing drugs. She was a determined and driven girl that would never take short cuts to reach her goals. It is outright revolting that you would even assume from a picture on her Twitter account of a song that she was listening to that she was on drugs. I’m going to kindly ask that you take this article containing false information and speculation based on no evidence down for the sake of Abby’s family and friends. This is a death of an individual who was very close to many, not some celebrity’s DUI. Have a little sympathy.