Saturday, September 14, 2019

NESCAC community mourns the recent loss of Bates student

Elaina Rollins ’16
Forrest Robinette ’16

The tragic death of Bates student John Durkin has shaken the entire NESCAC college community. Durkin, a junior economics major and football player at Bates, was studying abroad in Rome through the Trinity College program when he suddenly went missing. Durkin was shortly after found dead in a train tunnel between St. Peter’s and Trastevere stations. Over 11,000 people have now liked the Facebook page that was initially created to spread the word of Durkin’s absence in Rome.

Durkin was one of 55 students studying in Trinity’s Rome program, along with five other Bates students. Upon the announcement of Durkin’s passing, Bates College President Clayton Spencer released a public statement: “This is a time of deep sadness for our community and for so many people who knew and loved John. We are profoundly sad and share the tremendous grief of his family.” Trinity College President Jones addressed the Trinity campus in an email sent out on Saturday, Feb. 22. Jones expressed his sympathies to the College community and the family and friends of Durkin. He wrote that, “By all accounts, [Durkin] was an exemplary young man and a student-athlete in the trust sense of the word. I also want to extend my sincerest condolences to Bates College, my gratitude to the Trinity administrators at our Rome campus, as well as the Trinity staff in Hartford.”

Bates hosted a gathering on Monday, Feb. 24 for students to share condolences, reflections, and memories about their beloved classmate.

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