UGA student from Midland dies

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MIDLAND, GA (WTVM) –  "We're supposed to be planning a wedding instead of a funeral."

Bob McVay says his son, Will, was set to marry his longtime girlfriend this summer, after they both graduated from the University of Georgia.

Will was also planning on coming home to Midland this week from college to spend Christmas with his family.

The 21-year-old died this past weekend in Athens and the coroner says the cause is undetermined. He tells News Leader 9 he is waiting on toxicology reports.

McVay's father hasn't spoken to the coroner but says his son was napping Friday night and waiting for his girlfriend to get back from a night class.

"She came home at nine and he had died. He had died in his sleep and we don't know why. There's no history of illness, no history of defects. There's no reason. He was a healthy young man. He worked out, he was muscular. He was in the best shape of his life. It's silly. We have no idea why," McVay said.

Now, those closest to the Columbus High School graduate and insurance major are coping with the shock of a life cut short.

"We're trying to come to terms with it. The question is why? Why would the good Lord take a young man like this? There are answers out there we just haven't thought about yet. We're trying to be strong," said his father.

The Athens Coroner says it will be several weeks before he receives toxicology reports from the GBI Crime Lab.

He says those results will help him determine a cause of death.

A memorial service for Will McVay is set for Tuesday night at 6 PM at McMullen Funeral Home in Columbus.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 PM at Morningside Baptist Church in Columbus. He'll be laid to rest at Parkhill Cemetery.

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