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STARKVILLE, Miss.–The following is a statement from Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum regarding the tragic death of MSU freshman Kaleb D. Barker. Barker died from injuries received in a one-vehicle accident early today [Tuesday, Sept. 17] near the MSU campus in Starkville.

Barker was a freshman kinesiology major from Lucedale.

“The Mississippi State University family is heartbroken today over this very tragic accident,” said Keenum. “Kaleb was a young man with a great deal of promise. We feel a deep sense of grief and our thoughts and prayers will remain with Kaleb’s family and his many friends in Lucedale and here at MSU.”

The Starkville Police Department investigated the accident.

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  • talites

    The family of this young man has my deepest sympathy

  • breaved mom

    My deepest sympathy goes out to his parents & family. One cannot comprehend how the loss of this young man will forever affect the lives of his parents. As a parent who can comprehend the loss, please treasure every memory, and no you will never forget the sound of his laugh. My prayers are with you.

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