Baylor student from North Richland Hills collapses and dies in Waco half-marathon

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WACO -- A Baylor University student from North Richland Hills died Saturday after collapsing near the end of a half-marathon held to raise scholarship funds.

Daniel Jones, 23, an orphan who was a senior marketing and management major, died an hour after being taken to a Waco hospital.

"Daniel was a bright young man with a strong faith who was very involved on campus as a member of Kappa Omega Tau fraternity and former member of Student Foundation," Baylor said in a statement.

"Those who were close to Daniel knew how he overcame adversity during his lifetime, including the loss of his mother at age 11 to a drunk driver," the university said.

Jones' father also is deceased. His closest relatives are an aunt and uncle who along with the student's friends, met with the campus chaplain at the hospital, it said. Baylor will hold a remembrance gathering within the next few days.

The business student died during the Bearathon, an annual fundraising event for the Baptist university's Student Foundation, which collects scholarship funds and cultivates student leaders, who in turn recruit prospective students, Waco TV station said.

"It's heartbreaking; it's tragic to lose anybody involved in an event like this that is high profile and raises money for student scholarships," Baylor spokeswoman Lori Fogelman said. "Our faculty, staff and students are heartbroken over the loss of Daniel."

This report includes material from The Associated Press and staff reports.

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