09/05/2014 11:26 EDT | Updated 11/05/2014 05:59 EST

Lightning strike kills University of Waterloo student on campus

Waterloo Regional Police and the Ontario Coroner's office are investigating the death of a female first-year student at the University of Waterloo, who was killed after being struck by lightning while walking on the campus.

The engineering student was struck on a pathway that led from the ring road circling the campus, near the Student Village 1 residence around 9:00 a.m. 

Waterloo Regional Police Chief Bryan Larkin said on Twitter the student was 18. 

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Police say they are working to notify her next of kin, who live in the Markham area. They also say the Ontario Ministry of Labour has been contacted. 

An early storm with heavy rains and frequent lightning strikes rolled through Waterloo Region on Friday. The University of Waterloo weather station reported about six millimetres of rain during the morning.

The student's identity is not being released until her next of kin has been notified.