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BU sophomore found dead in dorm

Police don’t suspect foul play

A Boston University sophomore from Brooklyn, N.Y., was found dead in his dorm room Monday morning during a well-being check, according to the university.

Kevin Lee, a 19-year-old student in the College of Engineering, was found at about 9:30 a.m. in his room in The Towers, a dormitory building on Bay State Road, the Boston University Marketing & Communications office said. Lee’s family expressed concern when they could not reach him and asked Residence Life to check up on him.

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A worker with the school’s in-residence faculty discovered the body.

Boston police are investigating the cause, but foul play is not suspected. No other details on the death were available on Monday.

“I am deeply saddened by reports that Kevin Lee, a sophomore in the College of Engineering, passed away this morning in his residence hall room,” said Kenneth Elmore, the dean of students at the university. “Our love goes out to his family, friends, classmates and those who knew him.”

Elmore reminded the Boston University community that counseling support was available.

“Now, more than ever, I urge you to turn to our campus resources for support and connect with each other as a community. Please reach out to those around you to make sure they are okay,” he said in a statement.

Lee transferred to the college in January 2013 and was expected to graduate in 2016 with a major in biomedical engineering. Details of a funeral or memorial service were not available Monday night.

Students and alumni took to Twitter to express their sadness and condolences for Lee’s family. He is survived by his parents, Xiu Lin Zheng, and Wing Wah Lee, and his sister, Joanne, according to the school’s communications office.

“It is always tragic for us to lose one of our own students so young in their life and with so much opportunity ahead to make an impact on society,” said Kenneth Lutchen, dean of the College of Engineering, in a statement. “Our thoughts are with Kevin’s friends here at BU and with his family.”

Derek J. Anderson can be reached at derek.anderson@globe.com.
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