The Coconino County medical examiner ruled that Joseph Bock stabbed himself and created the wounds that led to his own death March 21 at Northern Arizona University.
Bock, a 21-year-old Oak Park resident, was found under a bed in his apartment near the campus with multiple stab wounds to his abdomen. The medical examiner’s report, released in June, found traces of cannabis and methamphetamine in Bock’s blood. The report stated Bock had been hospitalized several times for substance abuse and had a history of depression.
Investigators said the scene showed no signs of a struggle and that no one else was involved in Bock’s death.
After his body was discovered, the Northern Arizona University Police Department would not speculate on the cause of death, which they called an “unattended death.” Blood was found in the apartment’s bedroom and bathroom.
At the time, the police department said the medical examiner’s report and toxicology screening could take as many as 60 days to complete.
Bock, known as Joey, was studying business administration at Northern Arizona University. As a child he went to St. Jude the Apostle School in Westlake Village and to Oak Park High School, where he played football and baseball.
Oak Park football teammates and coaches fondly remembered Bock, who was a linebacker and fullback for the varsity team during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
“Joey was a free spirit,” said Terry Shorten, the former head football coach at Oak Park. “He was a great teammate. He definitely had all his teammates’ back. He played as hard as he could for everybody on the team.
“Joey gave us everything he had. That’s something I want him to be remembered for,” Shorten said.