AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) — A newly-elected Richmond County Board of Education member is dead.
Richmond County Coroner Mark Bowen confirms to WJBF that District 6 member Tyrique Robinson was found at an apartment on Alexander Drive and pronounced dead just before 5 p.m. The cause of death is believed to be suicide.
Robinson ran unopposed for his seat in last week’s election and, at only 20 years old, was believed to be the youngest candidate to ever run for a Board of Education seat.
“We are deeply saddened to learn of the untimely passing of Mr. Tyrique Robinson,” said a spokesperson with Richmond County School System, “His willingness to serve on the Board of Education and support our children is a testament to his interest in building a better community for us all. Our sincere thoughts and condolences are with Mr. Robinson’s family, friends and all whose lives he touched.”
In a published report this week in The Augusta Press, a woman claiming to be Robinson’s mentor accused him of using her credit card for things she did not authorize.