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ENG sophomore Kevin Lee found dead in Towers

Kevin Lee, a sophomore in the College of Engineering, was found dead in his dorm room Monday morning by the Boston University Police Department.

Boston Emergency Medical Services vehicles and other emergency responders were seen outside The Towers before 10 a.m. Boston Police Department officials arrived at the scene at about 9:37 a.m. and Lee was pronounced dead by the Boston EMS, according to a BPD spokesperson.

Following a call from Lee’s family saying they had not heard from him over the weekend, BUPD investigated and subsequently found Lee in his room, said BU spokesman Colin Riley.

BUPD is conducting further investigation of the circumstances, though there were no indications of foul play, he said.

“This is obviously an incredible sadness and tragedy, and our hearts and thoughts are with the family,” Riley said.

Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore said in a Monday statement that he was “deeply saddened” by Lee’s death.

“Our love goes out to his family, friends, classmates and those who knew him,” he said.

Lee was a biomedical engineering major from Brooklyn, N.Y., said BU President Robert Brown in an email to the student body. He said Elmore had been in contact with Lee’s family to offer BU’s assistance.

“Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kevin’s family and friends for this devastating loss,” Brown said. “We all feel the loss to our community caused by Kevin’s death.”

Elmore encouraged students who are struggling to cope with Lee’s death to seek counseling and support through Behavioral Medicine at Student Health Services, the Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center, Marsh Chapel and Residence Life staff.

BUPD was not able to comment, but indicated that they would release a report on the incident in the future.

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  1. Just a reminder that counseling is available through the Dean of Students Office, 617-353-4126; from Marsh Chapel chaplains, 617-353-3560; at Student Health Services, 617-353-3575 for counselors, and 617-353-3569 for a behavioral medicine provider; and at the Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP), 617-353-7277. The Faculty & Staff Assistance Office, 617-353-5381, is available to provide confidential counseling to faculty, staff, and their families. A drop-in counseling session is available at the College of Engineering, Room 105, today, April 14, from 4 to 6 pm.

    Here are non-BU affiliated resources, including
    Samaritans- 877-870-4673
    Samariteens- 800-252-8336
    National Suicide Prevention Hotline- 800-273-TALK (8255)