Georgia Southern student found deceased in Freedom’s Landing

Brendan Ward

A Georgia Southern University student was found deceased at Freedom’s Landing March 1.

GS students were informed of the passing of Bradley Frietas, a junior political science major, on the morning of March 2 from Associate Vice President and Dean of Student Services Patrice Buckner Jackson via email.

University Police were dispatched to Freedom’s Landing at 9:17 p.m. for a wellness check, according to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation press release.

UPD arrived at Bradley Frietas’ dorm at 9:24 p.m. Officers knocked on his door but received no response and entered the room to find Frietas in his bed, unresponsive, according to the incident report.

Emergency Medical Services and GBI were contacted and coroner Jake Futch arrived on the scene to pronounce the time of death to be 10:17 p.m., March 1, according to the incident report.

The GBI was called to investigate around 10:20 p.m. Joshua Ayer, Assistant Special Agent for GBI said. 

A UPD incident report, released the evening of March 2, indicated that alcohol and drugs may have been involved, however the cause of death is still currently unknown and GBI will be performing an autopsy at their crime lab in Savannah, according to a GBI press release.

Anyone impacted by Frietas’ passing is encouraged to contact the Counseling Center at 912-478-5541 and visit the Resources for Coping with Grief and Loss page.

The George-Anne will provide updates as information becomes available.

Brendan Ward, Daily Managing Editor,