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Keiser University baseball player found shot to death inside West Palm Beach apartment

Coach says victim was standout player, exceptional friend
Derek Becker
Posted at 9:23 AM, Dec 22, 2020

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Police in West Palm Beach are investigating the shooting death of a 21-year-old college baseball player.

The body of Derek Becker was found Sunday in an apartment near the Keiser University campus on Community Drive in West Palm Beach.

Police are releasing few details about the case.

In a statement, Keiser University CEO and Chancellor Arthur Keiser said Becker attended the school's flagship campus and played on the Seahawk baseball team.

Becker attended Cohoes High School near Albany, New York.

Keiser Coach Brooke Fordyce said Becker was a standout baseball player and an exceptional friend and associate.

An investigation continues.

Below is a statement released by Arthur Keiser, Ph.D., chancellor and CEO of the university:

An unfortunate death occurred over the holiday break and Keiser University is mourning the loss of one of our own. Derek Becker, a student at Keiser University’s Flagship campus, and a member of the Seahawk baseball team, was taken from us too early this past weekend. We are saddened by Derek’s passing.

Derek's coach, Brooke Fordyce, said Derek was not only a standout baseball player, but an exceptional friend and associate to those whose lives he touched.

Our hearts and prayers go out to Derek's family and we will continue providing them with all the assistance and support needed. We will celebrate the life of this extraordinary young man during the upcoming 2021 baseball season which will be designated in his honor.

Let me assure you that we are working with authorities to provide assistance and support. While this incident occurred at an off-campus apartment complex, ensuring the safety of the students, faculty, and staff of the greater Keiser University community remains our primary focus. Grief counselors are being provided and we encourage all who may be experiencing sadness to reach out immediately.

During this time, please know that we are here for you. If you have any questions, please call Dr. Gary Vonk, campus president at (866) 944-3456, or Lisa Kronhaus, Associate Vice Chancellor of Media and Public Relations in our public information office at (954) 732-2806.