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CAS Sophomore Dies

Gathering tonight for remembrance and counseling

Michael DeVito

Michael DeVito, a 19-year-old sophomore in the College of Arts & Sciences, from Rye, N.Y., was found dead early this morning. According to a Boston Police spokesperson, police responded to an “unconscious person” call at 50 Gardner St. at 8:30 a.m. Police say that when they arrived at the house, which is occupied by members of the Sigma Chi fraternity, emergency medical technicians were applying CPR. DeVito was transported by ambulance to St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Boston University Police Chief Thomas Robbins says there is no evidence of foul play. As in the case of all unattended deaths, the death is being investigated by the Boston Police.

Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore says he is deeply saddened by DeVito’s death. “Our prayers and our hearts go out to his family and to those who knew Michael,” says Elmore. “His death is a great loss to the Boston University community.”

A gathering for remembrance and counseling will be held this evening at 6 p.m. in the Howard Thurman Center, on the lower level of the George Sherman Union. Counseling is also available at the department of behavioral medicine at Student Health Services, 881 Commonwealth Ave., 617-353-3569.

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Art Jahnke can be reached at jahnke@bu.edu.


28 Comments on CAS Sophomore Dies

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 3:28 pm

    Mike had a warm heart and was nothing but nice. I enjoyed every moment i spent with him. God bless

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 3:29 pm

    may you rest in peace michael. rye lost a fine young man

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 3:35 pm

    This is so sad. My thoughts and prayers go out to Michael’s family. Is the cause of death unknown?

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 4:12 pm

    Amazing Kid right here.

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 4:24 pm

    My thoughts and prayers go out to Michael’s family and friends.

  • Ann Cao Moore on 02.04.2010 at 4:25 pm

    CAS sophomore die


  • a friend on 02.04.2010 at 4:39 pm

    only the good die young. Mike was the most genuine and well-liked person ive ever come across

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 4:39 pm

    May you rest in peace. It was a pleasure knowing you for the little time I did.

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 4:51 pm

    I miss you Mike. You were so wonderful- just a kind person, full of life. You are loved and missed deeply.

  • Bill Burke on 02.04.2010 at 5:15 pm


    My son Arthur was Mike’s roomate in 3 Buswell St. I only met Mike briefly but was impressed with what a nice young man he seemed to be. I’d appreciate very much any support that the BU community can lend to Mike’s family and friends in this time of grief. Thank you so much.

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 5:17 pm

    Rest in Peace Michael.

    A wonderfuld and bright young man. We will miss you.

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 5:28 pm

    The absolute nicest kid you will ever meet. You can’t find anyone more genuine then Michael. It’s a shame that things like this have to happen to the people who deserve it least. May he rest in peace and may his family find the strength to deal with this terrible tragedy. We miss you Mike.

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 6:37 pm

    Mike, I never saw you without a smile. You were the warmest person I’ve ever come across and you managed to touch so many people. The last time I saw you, you shouted “I love you!” I love you too, Mike.

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 7:27 pm

    I never knew Michael, but I work at St. Elizabeths and was very touched by the group of friends who came to console his brother and eachother. It was a very tragic thing that happened today and my condolences go out to each and every one of you who knew him. This brought back vivid memories of a very close friend I lost years ago in highschool and I hope you can all heal with the help of one another. Rest in piece Michael. And God bless you all.

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 7:28 pm

    So sad and we send our thoughts and prayers out to his family. When I was young(I am 60 now) i had a friend Mike Devito in Rye and was wondering if Mike was related. Is Mike’s dad, Mike also and was his granddad a basketball coach at Rye High??? So sad and so young!

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 7:33 pm

    Mike was one of my coolest and funniest students.I could not believe the news when i heard it, him being so young and so full of life.

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 8:15 pm

    Wonderful kid

    I had the pleasure of being his RA and his neighbor last year. An absolutely funny and charming presence; I will never forget him. May you rest in peace.

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 8:37 pm

    life is not fair

    Rye lost such a nice kid…life is so not fair. May God be with you!

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 9:33 pm

    Mike was one of the most genuine, nice guys I have ever met. he cared so much for everyone and was sweet to everyone, even those he only met briefly. rest in peace mike. we all miss you.

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 11:18 pm

    one of a kind

    what a loss. he was talented, charismatic, warm hearted, and just one of a kind….. haven’t met many people like Mike in my life… the world was a little better with him in it! it’s a sad day for everyone he touched. thoughts and prayers to his family.

  • Jim Amico on 02.04.2010 at 11:39 pm

    Death is a Scar no 1 can Heal, Love is a Memory no 1 can Steal!

    I did not know Michael and do not believe I know his parents.
    From what I am reading Michael “is” a great person! Anytime a parent loses a child it is extremely difficult to except and Mike’s parents will need all of our help. I know this because I live the same pain as they will now burden.
    God Bless Mikes Parents, if there is anything I can do I am easy to find.
    God Speed…my Prayers and Love to You!

  • Anonymous on 02.04.2010 at 11:48 pm

    Mike was one the nicest guys I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He always had a smile on his face and could make anyone who was having a bad day feel better. You will truly be missed but never forgotten. R.I.P.

  • Jim Amico on 02.04.2010 at 11:49 pm

    Death is a Scar no 1 can Heal, Love is a Memory no 1 can Steal!

    Although I do not know Mike or his family it is obvious that is my loss. The loss of a child is the worst feeling life has to offer. Mike’s parents will need all the support we can offer.
    I know all to well of the pain they will burden for a very long time and if there is anything I can do I am very easy to find in Rye. God Speed, love n prayers to all. Jim Amico.

  • Zach Taylor on 02.05.2010 at 2:05 am

    Mike was my roommate and a close friend. His loss has been an enormous blow to his friends and especially his family. I know that we and his family truly appreciate the outpouring of support from the BU community. For those of you who never had a chance to meet Michael, you should know that he was a generous and caring friend who would not hesitate to go out of his way to help anyone in need. Truly selfless Michael never asked for anything in return. He will be deeply missed. Please keep Michael and his family in your prayers.


    best friends means friends forever

  • Anonymous on 02.05.2010 at 8:23 am

    we can not understand why God took you away so early. We love you and miss you. We will be in Rye for you all of us. All of the class of 2008.
    Rest in peace we will never forget you.

  • Anonymous on 02.05.2010 at 12:48 pm

    Michael...God must have needed an angel

    Michael was one of three children from a very fine and supportive family. That God to took him so soon will be a saddness for us all. I can only hope that there was a needy child in heaven that needed a friend and mentor and that is why Michael was chosen. This image will never replace him in our hearts or his absence here on Earth. However, how can we make sense of any of this unless we have the assistance from God.

  • Anonymous on 02.06.2010 at 10:03 pm

    I will never have another friend like Mike DeVito. Love you with all of my heart brother. Everyday is in honor of you and everything you stand for.

  • Anonymous on 02.07.2010 at 11:13 pm

    god bless this angel and please look after his family

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