Freshman, 18, dies in Sierra Vista

By Laura Ingalls

Arizona Daily Wildcat

A UA freshman committed suicide Tuesday in Sierra Vista.

Milton Joseph Hargis IV was pronounced dead shortly after 2:30 p.m. in a medical plaza parking lot. He was 18.

A resident in Apache-Santa Cruz Residence Hall, Hargis was a recent graduate and honors student at Coronado High School in Scottsdale.

Family members said he was interested in becoming a medical professional, and was an avid reader of poetry and other literature.

Apache-Santa Cruz hall director Alissa Dix said a University of Arizona psychologist will offer residents free counseling in the hall.

"Certainly our sympathy goes out to his family and friends. I hope anyone with concerns will seek out our staff or other help on campus," said Julie McCrea, southeast area residence hall coordinator.

Hargis is survived by his father, Milton J. Hargis III of Sierra Vista; his mother, Martha B. Cornelison of Scottsdale; his stepmother, Dorothy Hargis of Sierra Vista; three sisters, Mary J. Hargis, Margaret S. Hargis and Martha G. Hargis; a stepsister, Kellianne Cornelison; a stepbrother, Richard Portis of Phoenix; and two grandmothers, Mary Hargis of Las Vegas and Mary Ferris of Guatemala.

Services will be held 10:30 a.m., September 10 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Scottsdale.

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