• John O’Rourke

    Editor, BU Today

    John O'Rourke

    John O’Rourke began his career as a reporter at The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour. He has worked as a producer at World Monitor, a coproduction of the Christian Science Monitor and the Discovery Channel, and NBC News, where he was a producer for several shows, including Now with Tom Brokaw and Katie CouricNBC Nightly News, and The Today Show. John has won many awards, including four Emmys, a George Foster Peabody Award, and five Edward R. Murrow Awards. Profile

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There are 9 comments on Young Alum Remembered for Compassion, Friendship

  1. Dear Kyle,
    We love you and miss you dearly, but you are an inspiration to us all. Yesterday I truly felt your presence at the MLK Day event and I know you are watching over us here on BU campus and wherever our travels and life may take us. Thank you for your love and hugs always. Best wishes to your family and as always, many prayers. Love, Marlee. <3

  2. I vivedly remember a story done on Kyle last year. He made such an impact on the world around him. It is one that will ripple forever. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  3. As a single parent, my heart goes out to Kyle’s mom…what an incredible young man who lived life to its fullest…Kyle’s upbeat attitude and contagious love of life made a lasting impression on my BU daughter.

  4. Thank You for remembering this wonderful young man. Kyle’s family is also from my island of Barbados and he was so in love with visiting there. I remember his beautiful smile and his laugh, which made you laugh along with him. Kyle I will always remember you,naming me Ms. Bajan Diva. My Condolences to his mom Beverly Trotman .

  5. Kyle was the brother I never had and the truest friend to many. His love and energy transcended all boundaries. We all miss you so much.
    Trotman, You served your purpose and did not live in vain! Thanks for your hugs, advice, smiles, inspiration and more. God keep you in perfect peace broski. We’re keeping you and our family in prayer forever. Till we meet again <3 Kwakyi

  6. Blessed wishes to Kyle’s friends and family during this difficult. May you find comfort and serenity in all of your beautiful memories and tributes. Be well.

  7. I did not have the pleasure of knowing Kyle well, but as soon as I saw his picture, I recalled marching with him in the BU Band. He wholeheartedly channeled the spirit of the drumline, bringing to it all his smiles and positive, uplifting energy, and embodied the values of the entire ensemble: music, spirit, and community. Reading this article and watching some videos of Kyle reminded me of all that I love about Boston University and the awesome work of Dean Elmore and the Howard Thurman Center. I am so glad he was a part of that and that we were in each other’s lives. The article also mentions how Kyle could make people smile or even “think or feel better,” as Elmore said. I’d say he’s still doing it. Kyle’s mind and body may be gone, but his compassion, joy, and loving-kindness surely continue to reverberate through our world.

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