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Statement from Cornell Vice President Ryan Lombardi about Antonio Tsialas

Updated: Oct 28, 2019

To help support the Tsialas family in funeral expenses, please consider donating to this GoFund Me.

I am deeply saddened to report that after an extensive search, law enforcement officials report that they have recovered the body of Cornell student Antonio Tsialas, who was reported missing by his parents Friday afternoon. Antonio was last seen late on Thursday evening. His body was recovered this evening inside the Fall Creek gorge. A full investigation of the circumstances of his death is underway; no foul play is suspected.

Antonio was an undeclared first-year student in the College of Arts & Sciences from Miami, FL. Described as a thoughtful and smart student, Antonio was outgoing in nature and was actively involved in the Cornell Mundial F.C. club soccer team. He had recently become a campus tour guide.

On behalf of the Cornell community, I offer our most sincere condolences to Antonio’s family and friends. Words cannot adequately convey our thoughts, so please join me in keeping them in our hearts as they struggle with this loss.

I encourage our community to lean on each other and to reach out for support as we all process Antonio’s death. Resources can be found at the bottom of this message. Additional information about community support opportunities will be provided as details are available.

To help support the Tsialas family in funeral expenses, please consider donating to this GoFund Me.


Support services are available to all members of the Cornell community. Students may consult with counselors from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 607-255-5155. Students may speak with a peer counselor by calling EARS at 607-255-3277.

Employees may call the Faculty Staff Assistance Program at 607-255-2673. The Ithaca-based Crisisline is available at 607-272-1616. For additional resources, visit caringcommunity.cornell.edu.