Nursing student Abbrielle Marie Brynda found bleeding in alley in Erie, Pennsylvania

  • Abbrielle Marie Brynda, 21, found bleeding and unresponsive in an Erie, Pennsylvania walkway on Saturday afternoon
  • The Gannon University nursing student died in hospital
  • Authorities are treating the death as suspicious but don't suspect foul play
  • She had attended a party the night before

By Daily Mail Reporter

PUBLISHED: 02:18 EST, 3 February 2014 | UPDATED: 06:55 EST, 3 February 2014

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A 21-year-old nursing student found unresponsive and bleeding in a Pennsylvania alley after attending a house party has died in hospital.

Abbrielle Marie Brynda, known to friends as Abbie, died on Saturday night hours after a relative found her lying between two buildings on West 12th Street in Erie.

Police are treating the University of Gannon student's death as suspicious, but said they don't suspect foul play.

Heartbreaking: Abbrielle M. Brynda, 21, was found unresponsive and bleeding in a Pennsylvania alley on Saturday and later died in hospital

Heartbreaking: Abbrielle M. Brynda, 21, was found unresponsive and bleeding in a Pennsylvania alley on Saturday and later died in hospital

Tragic: Brynda's relative called emergency services after finding her body in an alley on West 12th Street

'When a young person is found under these circumstances, we have to treat it as a suspicious death,' Erie Police Chief Randy Bowers said. 'We don't have any reason to believe that foul play was involved, but we have more questions than answers.'

News of Brynda's tragic passing has left her family and friends reeling, with dozens of mourners congregating on Peach Street in front of Gannon University's Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel yesterday.

Brynda, from Zelienople, was a junior nursing major and member of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority at the private Catholic school.

'It is with great sadness to announce the passing of Abbie Brynda, Epsilon Delta at Gannon University,' the sorority posted on its Facebook page last night.

'Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Epsilon Delta chapter and Abbie's family and friends during this difficult time.'

Brynda's friend, Lauren Bolender Manzer, has set up a profile on fundraising website YouCaring.com to raise money for the sorority following Brynda's death. More than $2400 has been donated.

Scene: A relative found Brynda on Saturday afternoon, unresponsive and bleeding, lying in an alley between two buildings on West 12th St, just east of Sassafras St, in Erie, PA

Scene: A relative found Brynda on Saturday afternoon, unresponsive and bleeding, lying in an alley between two buildings on West 12th St, just east of Sassafras St, in Erie, PA

Tragic: Brynda was an active member of the Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority

GoErie.com reported Brynda had attended a party on Friday night at an apartment on the second floor of the building at 144 West 12th St.

The party's hosts told police that Brynda had left about 1.30am Saturday. The Seneca Valley High School graduate's body was found about 4pm that day.

'They (Brynda's family) had been looking for her all night,' Erie police Sgt. Keith Kaschalk said.

'I guess she disappeared from this party and they said everybody has been looking for her.'

Police said Brynda was unresponsive when she rushed by ambulance to UPMC Hamot. She died about 9pm Saturday. Police are investigating.

'We have evidence over there (in the alley) that suggests that, for some reason, she was bleeding,' Kaschalk said. 'There is blood over there.'

Grieving: Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority posted this emotional message on their Facebook page last night

Grieving: Sigma Sigma Sigma National Sorority posted this emotional message on their Facebook page last night

Grieving: Mourners congregate along Peach Street in front of Gannon University's Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel after Sunday Mass in Erie on Sunday, the day student Abbrielle M. Brynda died

Grieving: Mourners congregate along Peach Street in front of Gannon University's Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel after Sunday Mass in Erie on Sunday, the day student Abbrielle M. Brynda died

Devastating: Mourners gathered at Gannon University's Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel after Mass in Erie on Sunday to pay their respects to Brynda

Devastating: Mourners gathered at Gannon University's Mary, Seat of Wisdom Chapel after Mass in Erie on Sunday to pay their respects to Brynda

By Staff 02/02/2014 23:55:00