CRIME
07/29/2014 09:11 am ET Updated Jul 29, 2014

Cheerleader's Mysterious Death Stuns University Community

Police in Kentucky are investigating the mysterious death of a University of Louisville cheerleader.

Danielle "Dani" Cogswell, 22, was found dead in her off-campus apartment Monday morning. The Louisville Metro Police homicide unit is handling the investigation, although officials told The Courier-Journal that there were no obvious signs of foul play at the scene.

Investigators are awaiting autopsy and toxicology results.

Cogswell, a Washington state native, transferred from Arizona State a year ago. She became a flyer, a person who is in the air during stunts, for the University of Louisville's co-ed cheerleading squad. Teammates, coaches and friends remembered her as a talented athlete and a fierce competitor.

"She trained under Bela Karolyi and she traveled to Australia and China," Tyler Janes, who coached Cogswell in Washington, told WAVE. "She was in the junior Olympics... It's just very hard, I've gotten call after call from sobbing people who are just not understanding what's going on."

"She will always be remembered for her smile and her dedication to her team," Christine Simatocolos, U of L's associate athletic director for student life said, according to The Courier-Journal.

U of L community members tweeted condolences for Cogswell on Monday using the hastag #RIPDani. Appallingly, according to Gawker, at least one user used the tragedy to stoke Louisville's sports rivalry with the University of Kentucky.


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