18-Year-Old MTSU student died from complications due to bacteria - Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

18-Year-Old MTSU student died from complications due to bacterial meningitis

Posted: Updated:

DYERSBURG, TN - (WMC-TV) – Jacob Nunley, 18, is being described by friends as one of the sweetest guys they have ever known.  Now his family is trying to deal with his death while health departments investigate it. 

"He was a sweet kid. Just friends with everybody," Shannon Howie said.  "Everybody loved him." 

Nunley died from complications from bacterial meningitis at Vanderbilt Hospital. It is not clear how he contracted the disease. But his decline happened rather quickly. 

Friends say they thought he had mono. 

He was in his second year at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro. 

Everyone who knew him is in shock. Nunley was a member of SAE Fraternity at MTSU. The Fraternity put up a memorial page on Facebook, a page to honor him with people posting prayers and thoughts about Jacob.  

"It's really taken everybody. Shocked everybody. Nobody knew he was this sick," said Howie.

Friends and family gathered to bring food and comfort to his mother who was too distraught to come out and talk. 

One friend said Jacob had been here visiting his mother just two weeks ago. And even then, they did not realize how sick he truly was.

"They just thought he was sick. Just kind of came out of nowhere. Nobody expected it," Howie said. 

Right now university officials and health departments in Middle Tennessee are investigating Jacob Nunley's death trying to figure out what happened. Students are being offered antibiotics as a precaution.

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.


  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Teen killed in crash after prom

    Teen killed in crash after prom

    Saturday, April 19 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-04-19 19:47:48 GMT
    (WMC-TV) - A young man's life was taken too soon. It was supposed to be a high school memory of a lifetime for Andrew Archer, but prom night turned into a tragic night for his family and friends. His promMore >>
    It was supposed to be a high school memory of a lifetime for Andrew Archer, but prom night turned into a tragic night for his family and friends.More >>
  • Woman featured on News Channel 11's Most Wanted list captured

    Woman featured on News Channel 11's Most Wanted list captured

    Tuesday, March 4 2014 12:51 PM EST2014-03-04 17:51:53 GMT
    Rebecca SpearsRebecca Spears
    A woman wanted for a failure to appear in court charge, was captured Monday.Rebecca Spears was listed as wanted by authorities for failing to appear in court on charges of driving on a suspended license and not having insurance.More >>
    A woman wanted for a failure to appear in court charge, was captured Monday.Rebecca Spears was listed as wanted by authorities for failing to appear in court on charges of driving on a suspended license and not having insurance.More >>
  • 7-year-old girl writes book after mother's death

    7-year-old girl writes book after mother's death

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:31 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:31:56 GMT
    (WMC-TV) - Most 7-year-old girls are playing dress up and reading books, but one Mid-South girl is the exception—not just reading but writing books. Shiloh Sanders talked about the inspiration behind herMore >>
    Most 7-year-old girls are playing dress up and reading books, but one Mid-South girl is the exception—not just reading but writing books.More >>
Powered by WorldNow