Hattiesburg police investigating USM student's murder near campus

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg police said Monday the public should not be concerned about safety near the campus of The University of Southern Mississippi following a murder at a nearby apartment complex.

Police Lt. Eric Proulx said the alleged murder was not a random act of violence and authorities do not believe there is a wider public safety concern for residents nearby. He added, detectives are still following leads and will inform the public as soon as an arrest is made.

Lance Logan's will be buried at 1 p.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery in Columbia after services at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church.

Logan, 23, a USM student, was found dead on Thursday inside a Point O' Woods apartment. Originally assumed to be a suicide, late Friday, Hattiesburg Police released a statement saying the death was being investigated as a homicide.

"We all knew Lance as both an outstanding student and leader at our university, and we are saddened by this loss," said Southern Miss Vice President for Student Affairs Joe Paul. "Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this difficult time."

Logan performed stand-up comedy in Hattiesburg and was expected to appear at 9 p.m. Thursday at an event in town. Sources say he checked in a few hours before.

According to USM's website Logan was a senior international business major from Vicksburg. He served as director of campus development for the SGA and later as vice president of the organization in 2010. Logan served two years in the United States Army.

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