Authorities try to determine how Leslie Jordan died as mourning fans flock to crash site.
The bodies of two teens found near the site where Jordan, a former University of North Carolina football star, died on the campus of UNC Greensboro are believed to be those of Jordan’s girlfriend, 21-year-old Crystal Mangum, and her 15-year-old friend, 19-year-old Cameron Johnson.
The North Carolina Medical Board said in a statement Saturday that Jordan’s mother, Darlene, died of natural causes. North Carolina law requires the Medical Board to determine whether an autopsy should be performed on the teenager and the other girl, to determine their cause of death.
The medical examiners told investigators that the girls had died of natural causes and had not been abused.
In Greensboro, where Jordan had played football for the Tar Heels from 1998 to 2000 and then later returned to try to play as a player for a third time in 2006, there has been an outpouring of grief and outrage.
“It’s very heartbreaking,” UNC athletic director Bubba Cunningham said Saturday in an interview with the Associated Press. “It’s been overwhelming, really.”
Cunningham said the university’s goal in the investigation is to make its findings available to those involved in the investigation so that a “clear understanding of what happened” is known.
“The bottom line here is we have to know who took responsibility for the cause of death and who made decisions about the care of the deceased,” Cunningham said. “The focus of this investigation has to be on the students and the people who made decisions about their care.”
The Tar Heels, playing their fourth game in the postseason Saturday night, are 2-0 against SEC teams this season and are 9-2 against SEC teams while playing in the ACC. The other two previous home playoff games ended with wins for the Tar Heels.
The teams have played only one other time this season. UNC defeated Florida 44-31 on October 21 at Williams-Brice