WKU senior Boling dies of unknown causes

Bradley Boling

Spencer Jenkins

Editor’s note (5/12/2016): Documents provided to the Herald show that the charges originally filed against Christopher Boling were dismissed with prejudice in February 2015. Boling’s record was expunged in May 2015 via order of Warren County District Court. 

Bradley Boling, a Bowling Green senior and member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, died Friday morning of unknown causes.

Bowling Green Police Department received a call from Boling’s residence at 916 Liberty Way around 10:50 a.m. on Friday, said Ronnie Ward, public information officer for BGPD.

Boling’s brother, Bowling Green sophomore Christopher Boling, was present at the scene when police arrived, where he was cited for tampering with physical evidence, possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest, according an official police report.

The officer who arrested Christopher Boling said he responded to an overdose call at Boling’s residence, the citation said. The officer began speaking with the brother and roommate of Bradley Boling. As the officer was about to ask for consent to search the residence, another officer noticed that Christopher was pulling his cell phone from his pants pocket.

As the phone was being pulled out, a small plastic baggie fell down by his foot, the report said. The baggie contained two white pills, two white pill fragments and one yellow pill fragment.

After being mirandized, Christopher Boling said he removed the baggie of pills from his brother’s body prior to police arrival, the report said. Using a pill identifier, police found the pills to be Alprazolam, also known as Xanax.

Ward said the investigation is being handled as a death investigation. Prior reports of a gunshot wound are false, Ward said.

Warren County Deputy Coroner John White said an autopsy will be performed Saturday morning. The autopsy results won’t be released for six to eight weeks.

A candlelight service in Boling’s honor will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the SAE fraternity house located at 300 E. 14 St.