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