'Did Not Die As A Result Of Trauma': Owasso Police Detail Nex Benedict's Death, Family Issues New Statement

In an updated statement, police said the initial report from the Medical Examiner indicates that Benedict "did not die as a result of trauma." In a statement on Wednesday, the family said it is grateful for the support but asks for privacy at this time.

Wednesday, February 21st 2024, 6:29 pm

By: News On 6


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Owasso Police said their investigation revealed the death of 16-year-old Nex Benedict was not related to trauma after the physical altercation at the school.

In an updated statement on Wednesday, police said the initial report from the Medical Examiner indicates that Benedict "did not die as a result of trauma."

"While the investigation continues into the altercation. Preliminary information from the medical examiner’s office is that a complete autopsy was performed and indicated that the decedent did not die as a result of trauma. At this time, any further comments on the cause of death are currently pending until toxicology results and other ancillary testing results are received. The official autopsy report will be available at a later date" - Owasso Police

The investigation is ongoing.

Below is the Full update From Owasso Police

Since February 7th, 2024, the Owasso Police Department has been actively involved in an investigation into a physical altercation that occurred at the Owasso High School, and Owasso Public Schools has been cooperative throughout the investigation. The students involved in the incident were all juveniles and juvenile files are confidential and inaccessible to the public in most circumstances. From reports, records, and statements of witnesses, it appears that:

  1. On February 7, 2024, a physical altercation occurred in a restroom at the Owasso High School West Campus.
  2. The physical altercation was broken up by other students who were present in the restroom and a school staff member who was supervising outside of the restroom.
  3. All students involved in the altercation walked under their own power to the assistant principal’s office and nurse’s office.
  4. School administrators began taking statements from the students present in the restroom and began contacting parents/guardians of the students involved in the physical altercation.
  5. Each of the students involved in the altercation was given a health assessment by a registered nurse at the school and it was determined that ambulance service was not required.
  6. While it was determined that ambulance service was not required, the school nurse recommended that Nex Benedict visit a medical facility for further examination.
  7. On the afternoon of February 7, 2024, an Owasso School Resource Officer was assigned to respond to Bailey Medical Center where Nex Benedict was being examined. The School Resource Officer interviewed Nex and their parent concerning the altercation at the Owasso High School.
  8. The following morning, the School Resource Officer followed up with the parent.
  9. On the afternoon of February 8, 2024, Owasso Fire Department medics were dispatched to a medical emergency involving Nex Benedict, who was transported to the St. Francis Pediatric Emergency Room where they later died.
  10. While the investigation continues into the altercation. preliminary information from the medical examiner’s office is that a complete autopsy was performed and indicated that the decedent did not die as a result of trauma. At this time, any further comments on the cause of death are currently pending until toxicology results and other ancillary testing results are received. The official autopsy report will be available at a later date.


The family of Nex Benedict released a statement on Wednesday saying "The Benedicts know all too well the devastating effects of bullying and school violence, and pray for meaningful change wherein bullying is taken seriously."

The entire statement released by the family attorney can be found below:

On February 7th, 2024, the Benedict Family sent their child, Nex Benedict, to Owasso High School, trusting, like any parent or family member should be able to, that it was a safe environment for their loved one. Millions of parents across America make the same decision each and every morning. While at Owasso High School, Nex was attacked and assaulted in a bathroom by a group of other students.

A day later, the Benedict's beautiful child lost their life.

Many of the questions posed by friends, family, media and other concerned citizens are also top of mind for those left to honor Nex's memory. While various investigations are still pending, the facts currently known by the family, some of which have been released to the public, are troubling at best. We urge those tasked with investigating and prosecuting all potentially liable parties to do so fully, fairly and expediently.

Notwithstanding, the family is independently interviewing

witnesses and collecting all available evidence. The Benedict Family calls on all school, local, state and national officials to join forces to determine why this happened, to hold those responsible to account and to ensure it never happens again.

The family graciously accepts and appreciates the outpouring of support, thoughts and prayers from across the nation for the loss of their child. In the coming weeks and months they request that their privacy be respected and that they be allowed to grieve and deal with their new reality---a life without Nex. The Benedicts know all too well the devastating effects of bullying and school violence, and pray for meaningful change wherein bullying is taken seriously and no family has to deal with another preventable tragedy.

Lastly, the family asks that any threats, or acts, of violence, against students, employees and personnel, or any other persons associated with the Owasso Public Schools, cease immediately.


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  1. Family Issues Statement About Owasso Student's Identity; Cause Of Death Still To Be Determined
  2. Investigation Into The Death Of An Owasso High School Student
  3. Funeral Held For 16-Year-Old Owasso Student After Unexpected Death
  4. 16-Year-Old Owasso Student Dies At Hospital 1 Day After Fight At High School



Story Timeline:

16-year-old Nex Benedict died two weeks ago. Owasso Public Schools confirmed there was an altercation in a high school bathroom the day before on February 7. The school says it was broken up in less than two minutes by other students and a staff member. 

Previous Story2/20/2024: Family Issues Statement About Owasso Student's Identity; Cause Of Death Still To Be Determined

They say everyone involved walked to the principal's and nurse's offices. They say each student was given a health assessment by a school nurse, and the school called all the parents and let them know they could file police reports, and School Resource Officers were also available. School leaders say they determined none of the students needed to be taken to a hospital by ambulance.

Benedict's parent did call the police later that day from the hospital, wanting to make a report. Police say Benedict was released from the hospital that day but was rushed back the next day and died. Lots of social media reports say Benedict was murdered or killed because of the altercation, but police confirmed on Wednesday that they did not die as a result of trauma suffered during the incident.

The medical examiner will determine the cause and manner of death, and that could take months.

Oklahoma's Attorney General, Gentner Drummond also released a statement on Wednesday saying that bullying can not be tolerated in Oklahoma.

"As a parent and grandparent, my heart breaks for the tragic death of the Owasso student. Because investigators are still working to determine what precipitated this tragedy and the student's cause of death, it is too early to jump to conclusions. What is clear, however, is that our children are precious and should not have to endure the cruelty of others, especially when they are in school. Bullying must not be tolerated in any form."

This is a developing story. Refresh the page for details.

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Previous Story 2/19/2024: Investigation Into The Death Of An Owasso High School Student

News On 6 has been asked why we haven't reported more on the death of an Owasso High School student.

We did report on the student's death when it happened and on the student's funeral, but we have not reported rumors. We are waiting for confirmed facts, and the autopsy results could take weeks to months, and toxicology results could take even longer than that.

We have new statements on Tuesday from Owasso Schools, Owasso Police, and the student's mother.

What has been the response to the investigation?

Owasso Schools says, "Any notion the district has ignored disciplinary action toward those involved is simply untrue."

The ACLU of Oklahoma also released a statement, saying the assault is an inevitable result of the hateful rhetoric and discriminatory legislation targeting Oklahoma trans youth.

The statement also called for a thorough, open investigation of what it calls "reports that the school failed to respond appropriately to the altercation."

However, there has been no evidence released to the public saying Benedict was targeted for being a trans youth.

Owasso Public Schools says it did follow protocol, and a nurse evaluated all students involved, and it was determined no ambulances needed to be called, but the school recommended to the parents of one student to take their student to a medical facility for further examination.

What has the student's family said?

There had been some confusion and questions about the student's name since the family used the student's birth name in the obituary.

The student's mother, Sue Benedict, released a statement on Tuesday that says:

We are sorry for not using their name correctly and as parents, we were still learning the correct forms.
Please do not judge us as Nex was judged, please do not bully us for our ignorance on the subject.
Nex gave us that respect and we are sorry in our grief that we overlooked them.
I lost my child, the headstone will have correct name of their choice.


Owasso Public Schools says additional counselors have been available for any student, faculty or staff member who needs help since Friday the 9th.

Anyone in a crisis situation can call these numbers for immediate help:

  1. Family and Children’s Services: 918-744-4800
  2. Parkside Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic: 918-588-8888
  3. Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: 988
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