“One of the most difficult moments in the life of a University community is the loss of one of its students,said WVU President David C. Hardesty, Jr.We extend our deepest sympathies to the Johnston family and to Ryan’s friends and classmates. We will continue to offer assistance and support in the investigation of this tragedy.”

Background: The Morgantown Police Department released information Sunday afternoon (Feb. 12) that confirmed a stabbing at a Beechurst Avenue residence early that morning. The victim, who died as a result of a stab wound to the chest, is Ryan Robert Johnston, 21, of Washington , Pa. Anyone with information is asked to contact MPD at 304-284-7522.

Update: Visitation for Johnston will be held Wednesday and Thursday, Feb. 15-16, from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. at the Warco-Falvo Funeral Home, 336 Wilson Ave., Washington, Pa. Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at the Immaculate Conception Church, 119 West Chestnut St., Washington, Pa. Memorial contributions can be made to the Washington Federal Bank, Scholarship Fund at McGuffy High School, in memory of Johnston.