You quickly find Rachel sitting by the tree in the courtyard. She looks incredibly sad and appears to have been crying. You introduce yourself and ask her what she knows about last night.
“Oh, this is devastating, Stephen was one of my closest friends on the committee. This is shocking. I know he wasn’t the most well liked but he always tried to do what was best for the students here.”
You ask her about what she remembers.
“Well, everyone seemed to be having a good time. Holly was up in the gallery dancing as usual. The drinks were flowing and music playing. Stephen wasn’t a big drinker but seemed to be letting loose. I was listening in to Pete and Nathan gossip when suddenly it plunged into darkness. There were yells and everyone seemed to be laughing. I remember hearing a sudden bang, but someone then said they had just fallen over, I think it was a male voice.
There was some light with phone torches, but you couldn’t see properly. Then when the lights came on, everyone cheered and just got back on with the party. It took about 10 minutes to realise Stephen wasn’t there. I searched around for him and there he was, lay down, face on the floor in the hallway to the back door.”
She bursts into tears and you sense she is overwhelmed by it all. You feel they may have been closer than just friends. You give her the number for the police counselling service and move on to the crime scene.