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Family, Friends Lay UNC Student To Rest

By Ran Northam Posted June 25, 2014 at 2:30 pm

The family and friends of the UNC student who died last week said their goodbyes Wednesday while they await the news of the cause of his death.

Harris Granger Pharr, a rising senior and a member of the Alpha Chapter of the Chi Phi fraternity, died Thursday at a residence at 500 Pittsboro Street, which is across from the UNC School of Public Health. Police said there was no sign of foul play, and an autopsy is being performed.

Pharr’s father, John, told WNCN that he believes his son died of cardiac arrest due to the high level of stress he was under with his classes. He said he was often up late working.

The funeral for Harris was held at First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh at 2:00 p.m.

According to his obituary, the Pharr family has created a scholarship in memory of Harris, which will honor academic excellence in members of the Chi Phi fraternity at UNC. They are also asking that, in lieu of flowers, donations are made in his memory to the Beaches Episcopal School in Jacksonville Beach, Florida where they are installing a new apple computer lab.

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