ENG Student Found Dead in Dorm Room


No foul play suspected

By John O’Rourke, BU Today

ENG student Kevin Lee was found dead Monday morning.
ENG student Kevin Lee was found dead Monday morning.

Kevin Lee, a College of Engineering sophomore majoring in biomedical engineering, was found dead in his dorm room at The Towers, 140 Bay State Rd., at approximately 9:30 a.m. today. An employee of Residence Life discovered Lee’s body during a well-being check after family members became concerned when they were unable to reach him.

EMS personnel, Boston Police, and Boston University Police were immediately called to the scene, where Lee (ENG’16) was pronounced dead. Boston Police are investigating the cause of death, but say there are no indications of foul play.

“From my discussions with the police surrounding Kevin’s passing, we believe there is no concern about harm to the community,” said Kenneth Elmore (SED’87), dean of students. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of Kevin, and urge those in the community who knew him or may otherwise be affected by his death to seek counseling and support through the University’s resources.”

Lee, who grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., attended the Midwood High School at Brooklyn College. He spent the first semester of his freshman year at City University of New York Brooklyn College, before transferring to BU in January 2013.

“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, ENG dean and a professor of biomedical engineering. “Our thoughts are with Kevin’s friends here at BU and with his family.”

Lee is survived by his parents, Xiu Lin Zheng, and Wing Wah Lee, and his sister, Joanne, all of Brooklyn. No details about a funeral or a memorial service are available at this time.

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.