State Police investigating UConn student death, vigil is planned

19-year-old Jeffny Pally was a sophomore at the University of Connecticut (File)

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — State police are still trying to figure out what happened in the hours leading up to 19-year-old Jeffny Pally’s death.

“She really wanted to help people. She knew she really wanted to serve people in a medical setting,” said Pally’s cousin Atul Sajan.

Pally wanted to be a nurse to help others, but she’ll never fulfill that goal. She was struck and killed by a fire department SUV on the UConn campus early Sunday morning. State police say she was sitting in front of a garage door here at the Public Safety Complex. Firefighters were responding to a call around 1:00 a.m. Police say the garage door hit her, she fell, and a fire department SUV ran her over. They didn’t find her body until coming back from the call.

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“They’re going to speak to the firefighters, not only the one involved, but the other ones who were there. They’re trying to find out who she was with beforehand, where she was, where she was coming from,” said Trooper Kelly Grant.

Grant says it’s protocol the department put the driver 60-year-old Dana Barrow, Jr on administrative duty. They’ll try to perform a toxicology reports on Barrow and Pally. Investigators are also waiting on the medical examiner to figure out when she died.

“They’ll conduct a post-mortem examination to be able to tell us the approximate time of death and cause of death,” said Grant.

While investigators work to figure out those answers. Her family remembers her short life. They say she was brilliant, talented, and, selfless.

“No one can handle it because she was so young. She was so full of life. She was so lovable,” said Sajan.

Now, the UConn community is getting together tomorrow night for a vigil for Pally.

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