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After death of GVSU student, petition launched to make river more safe

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The Red Cedar river runs through MSU's campus, and where authorites found the body of missing GVSU student Brendan Santo.

Brendan Santo had been missing since October

After the discovery of a missing Grand Valley State University student in the Red Cedar River on Friday, a petition launched Monday demanding that authorities make the area safer.

18 year-old Grand Valley State University student Brendan Santo had been missing since October, until a private investigator on Friday, using underwater cameras, found his body submerged in the Red Cedar River in East Lansing.

Authorities have said they don’t believe foul play is involved, rather, a tragic accident instead, as Santo had sent messages to his friends that he was lost after leaving Yakely Hall at Michigan State University about a mile and a half from the river.

And on Monday, a person close to the family set up an online petition called "Make MSU's Red Cedar River Areas Safe."

Rozie Lita started the petition showing a picture of the Red Cedar River with an opening in the fence meant to keep people out.

The petition on change.org states:

"MSU needs to put barriers, lighting and signage in place to prevent any further tragedies along the Red Cedar River and the ravine," Lita wrote. "Let's make MSU a safer place in memory of our beloved Brendan Santo."

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