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Community mourns death of senior Robert M. Wells, 22

Members of the MIT community are mourning the tragic death of Robert M. Wells, a senior in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Wells, 22, was originally from Ballston Spa, N.Y.

Wells was found early Saturday morning outside the Delta Upsilon (DU) fraternity house, which is on Beacon Street in Boston. Boston police are leading the investigation, and MIT authorities are cooperating fully.

"This is a tragedy for the entire MIT community," said MIT Chancellor Phillip L. Clay. "Our thoughts are with Rob's family and friends during this very difficult time, and we are doing everything possible to reach out to those affected by this terrible loss."

Representatives of MIT's Division of Student Life and Mental Health Service met with members of the DU fraternity. MIT is also making counseling services available. Those who feel affected by the tragedy are encouraged to contact Mental Health Service for assistance at 253-2916.

Wells' family said a service will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, March 8 at St. Mary's Church in Ballston Spa, N.Y. Friends and family are welcome to attend. In addition, a memorial service for Wells is currently being planned on campus for next week; more details will be released as they become available.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on March 5, 2008 (download PDF).

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