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University Mourns CAS Student

Jai Menon was economics major


The identity of the male freshman found dead at Kilachand Hall on Bay State Road Wednesday morning has been released. Jai Menon, from Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., was majoring in economics at the College of Arts & Sciences. He lived at Warren Towers. His death is not considered suspicious, says Scott Paré, BU deputy police chief and deputy director of public safety.

A Kilachand Hall resident assistant notified the Boston University Police Department and the Boston police at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday after a student reported seeing a body on the roof of Kilachand Commons.

According to David Zamojski, assistant dean of students and director of Residence Life, a representative from the BUPD met with Kilachand Hall residents last night at 7:30 p.m. in the hall’s Commons area to give an update on the investigation, and counselors were there and available to meet with students. Zamojski and Charles Dellheim, director of Kilachand Honors College, emailed all hall residents Wednesday morning about the incident and alerted them to the availability of counseling. 

President Robert A. Brown sent an email yesterday to all students and staff about the death. “First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with immediate family and friends who will, of course, be deeply affected by a sudden loss,” he wrote.

“Jai was a smart, hardworking, and kind student,” says Paloma Pueyo (GRS’15,’21), a teaching fellow in Menon’s Spanish class. “His classmates and I will sorely miss him and his wonderful presence in our class. Our hearts and thoughts are with his family and loved ones.”

Individual counseling support for students, faculty, and staff, on campus or abroad, can be arranged at any time through the following resources:

  • Marsh Chapel chaplains can be reached at 617-353-3560.
  • Behavioral Medicine providers at Student Health Services can be reached at 617-353-3569.
  • Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP) counselors can be reached at 617-353-SARP (7277).
  • Counseling is also available for faculty and staff through the Faculty & Staff Assistance Office, 617-353-5381.
  • Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, 617-353-9610.

BU Today will provide updates as they become available.

Rich Barlow, Senior Writer, BU Today, Bostonia, Boston University
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Rich Barlow can be reached at barlowr@bu.edu.

62 Comments on University Mourns CAS Student

  • BUMom on 03.30.2016 at 4:29 pm

    My sincere condolences to this young man’s family.
    Will keep them and the BU community in my prayers.

    May God Bless him and all who loved him.

    • Benyoussef Bouchra on 03.30.2016 at 7:57 pm

      I’m really really devastated about this sad news! My deep thoughts are for the family! May God help them!

      Mom of a BU student!!

  • BU KHC Mom on 03.30.2016 at 8:08 pm

    My heart breaks for this young man’s friends and family. It is going to be difficult for all KHC residents to recover from such a tragedy.

  • BU MOM on 03.30.2016 at 9:48 pm

    My heart is broken. My deepest condolences to this family.
    My prayers have been with whoever you are all day. May God fill you
    with HIS graces and strength.

  • Mom and BU staff on 03.31.2016 at 8:25 am

    May this child rest in peace. Prayers to his family as they absorb this tragedy, and find their way to peace.

  • Mari Kurita Minetti on 03.31.2016 at 11:38 am

    I’m shocked to hear of the sudden death of this young man.
    My deepest sympathy to his family and his friends.
    BU mom

  • BU Mom 2 on 03.31.2016 at 12:39 pm

    I am devastated to hear this news. I know how painful this journey will be. I will be sending thoughts of strength and peace to Jai’s family. I hope they will find some comfort in the outpouring of love.

  • Bu CA mom on 03.31.2016 at 12:42 pm

    My sincere condolences to his family. I pray for his family and friends. May he rest in PEACE.

  • BU Mom 2 on 03.31.2016 at 12:42 pm

    I also want to encourage the University to offer support to the kids at Warren Towers where Jai lived. I’m sure it was very traumatic to the kids at Kilachand as there must have been a great deal of activity there, but ALL of the kids who were connected to Jai in various ways – as friends of a friend or seeing him in classes or at Warren – will be affected.

    • Kat Cornetta on 03.31.2016 at 2:32 pm

      Support from University counseling entities has been offered to Warren Towers residents and will offered at every class he was in over the next few days. If your student has yet to have the class they had with Jai and haven’t yet received outreach, we encourage them to reach out to the offices listed above or walk over to their RA or hall office as soon as possible.

  • BU parent on 03.31.2016 at 12:55 pm

    Totally devastated…My heart goes out to Jai’s family and friends. May God almighty give them the strength. Dear Jai, RIP…

  • Marisa on 03.31.2016 at 1:34 pm

    Nobody can understand how hard a separation is, than when one of our prized jewels leaves us. You search for it and it cannot be found, you ask for him and he does not hear you, you wait and he is not coming. It remains only his eternal memory in our hearts. We will miss you Jai!

  • BU Mom on 03.31.2016 at 2:18 pm

    So sad!! My deepest condolences to Jai’s family and friends. He will be missed by his near and dear ones. I know KHC hall students were shocked and very sad yesterday. May god give strength to the family, friends, class mates and KHC residents to get through this pain, shock and sadness.

  • Ratnakar Amaravadi on 03.31.2016 at 3:27 pm

    We are shocked from this sad news. Our sincere condolences to the parents and family of Jai Menon. May god give the family and friends strength and courage
    at this time of grief.

  • Sensei Werdal on 03.31.2016 at 3:42 pm

    The students and staff at The Bushido School of Karate have lost a very dear family member. Sempai Jai Menon was dedicated, kind, worked hard and was loved by all of us. We are at a loss for words and can only support each other and the Menon Family at this time. Rest in peace Sempai Menon, rest in peace. Osu Sempai

  • Concerned student on 03.31.2016 at 3:47 pm

    Does anyone know if Jai was a member of any student organizations (clubs, frats, sports etc)? They probably need counceling too if he was…

  • Another sad Mom on 03.31.2016 at 4:10 pm

    My condolences on the tragic loss of Jai. Prayers to his family and friends and all affected by this tragedy.

  • BU father on 03.31.2016 at 4:12 pm

    This is so sad. May he rest in peace. Wishing the family and friends all the strenghts to overcome their grief.

  • connie bu mom on 03.31.2016 at 4:16 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Jai.

  • Mohua Mukherjee on 03.31.2016 at 5:53 pm

    Sincere condolences to the grief stricken family….My heart goes out to his batch mates.

  • Melissa Stedman on 03.31.2016 at 6:39 pm

    My heart breaks for his family, sending light, live and prayers.

    • Nicholas Chin on 03.31.2016 at 10:18 pm

      I am very sad to hear about the passing of Sempai Jai.He always pushed me to my limits in karate classes and will be missed by all of us. He was a good Sempai. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Osu Sempai

  • Abha on 03.31.2016 at 7:09 pm

    We pray for the departed young soul of Jai and hope his family gets strength to deal with this tough times

  • BU Mom and Alum on 03.31.2016 at 7:16 pm

    Our deepest condolences to the parents, family and friend of Jai. May he rest in peace in the arms of angels and may his family find comfort in each other. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you.

  • BU Mom and Alum on 03.31.2016 at 7:17 pm

    Our deepest condolences to the parents, family and friends of Jai. May he rest in peace in the arms of angels and my his family find comfort in each other. Our thoughts and prayers will be with you all.

  • BU Mom on 03.31.2016 at 7:22 pm

    We send our love and deepest sympathies to Jai’s family and loved ones. May he rest in peace and may his family find comfort in their memories and the love and comfort of those around them. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

  • Jack Fogel on 03.31.2016 at 9:11 pm

    Im 11 years old and friends with Jai’s brother Neel. Feel so depressed right now :(

    • BU Faculty and BU Parent on 04.01.2016 at 12:08 am

      Little Buddy — We understand your pain. Be there for Jai’s brother right now, and know that you’re not alone in your grief. Hang in there fella. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Menon family and with you.


    • susie foster on 04.01.2016 at 12:50 am

      Hi Jack, are you ok? I imagine this is a big loss for you, I hope you are OK yourself. Please talk to someone about your feelings and about the loss of Jai.

    • BU Mom from SF on 04.01.2016 at 3:15 am

      Jack, your comment was wonderfully appreciated. It is very healthy to express your thoughts… although I know for all of us- whether we knew Jai or not- it is very tough to find the words. Keep talking about your feelings. And hug Neel. Tell him it is from his large BU family of students and parents. We thank you.

    • BU Mom on 04.01.2016 at 9:31 am

      Jack, A big hug to you. We know it is not easy for you. We are also very sad for Jai’s family. Be there for Neel and keep talking to your parents about your feelings. Our sympathies and prayers are with Jai’s family.

      • Jack's mom on 04.01.2016 at 9:53 am

        Thanks to all the BU parents who responded to our son Jack with such kind words. Did not realize he found this article. We are all heartbroken for the Menon family and our prayers and love are with them.

    • Judy Monteiro on 04.01.2016 at 11:20 am

      I share your feelings, I am a friends with Jai’s mom and I feel like I have lost a son too.I have been very shaken when I got to know this; but at this time, Jai and his family need our prayers and support. Please take care of yourself young man and do give Neel the hugs and support he needs from you. Assure Neel that he not only has a friend but a brother in you. God Bless you.

    • Neel on 04.01.2016 at 12:51 pm

      Thank you jack

  • Sridhar Saxena on 03.31.2016 at 9:42 pm

    I am shell shocked….my deepest heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family

  • An ex BU Parent on 03.31.2016 at 10:25 pm

    Saddened by the news. Sending our deepest condolences to the family of Jai. May he find peace at the feet of The Lord and the family finds the strength to carry on.

  • BU Mom on 03.31.2016 at 11:33 pm

    So sad to hear. My condolences to his family. I am in total shock, and sad to hear this news.

  • BU Mom KC on 04.01.2016 at 12:20 am

    Many thoughts and prayers are with the BU students, faculty and staff and especially Jai’s family while you all attempt to deal with this tragedy.

  • Mark & Nancy Juenemann on 04.01.2016 at 7:18 am

    Our most sincere condolences to his whole family. We are sending our prayers, may they all find peace.

  • BU Mom of Freshman at Warren Towers on 04.01.2016 at 9:06 am

    I’m so sad for Jai’s family and all the BU students and teachers may he rest in peace. My son is a freshman at Warren Towers too and this really hits close to home for me it could’ve been my child. As a parent you have to let your children go but hope they can manage the pressures and stress in life ahead. Prayers and hugs!!

  • Neel on 04.01.2016 at 10:50 am

    He was the best brother ever

    • Judy Monteiro on 04.01.2016 at 11:13 am

      Yes Jai was the best brother ever and he will always be. You are a brave young man and I know you will be the best son ever as you comfort your parents and family in this difficult time. I want you to know that I have been praying very hard for you and your parents to find the strength during this very difficult time.

      • BU Prof and soon-to-be BU Dad on 04.01.2016 at 1:12 pm

        Please know that you are not alone, young man. There are many grieving hearts at BU, those who knew and those who did not get the chance to know your wonderful brother. I am sure he was best brother ever. You and your parents are constantly in my thoughts and prayers. And thanks so much for sharing your feelings. I am sure you are a great comfort to your parents.


    • Nick on 04.01.2016 at 11:25 am

      Neel, hugs, thoughts and prayers to you and family. I am so sad to hear about Jai.
      Hang in there, We are here for you!
      Nick from Karate class.

    • Sensei Werdal on 04.01.2016 at 12:32 pm

      Osu Neel, we share your wonderful feelings for your brother. Sempai was so important to us too, as are you and your mom and dad. Sending prayers, hugs and a respectful bow to you Neel. Thankfully, Sempai left us with beautiful memories because he was a beautiful person. And he was proud to be your big brother. Osu

    • Alex's mom on 04.01.2016 at 3:33 pm


      Alexander, his dad & I all want you to know we are here for you & your family.
      As strong as you are, accept the love & support of your friends & community.

      Love the Annise family.

  • BU Mom on 04.01.2016 at 11:25 am

    I am shocked and in tears to hear this devastating news of sudden death of a Jai. My heartfelt condolences to the family of friends of Jai. May God give you strength and comfort to deal with this sudden loss of your loved ones. Sending love and healing prayers to all of you who are grieving in pain. Lots of love and hugs.

  • John Moroney on 04.01.2016 at 2:06 pm

    Jai was a wonderful young man. My thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

  • John Cole on 04.01.2016 at 3:57 pm

    We would like to send our sympathy, prayers, thoughts and love to Jai’s family. We have fond memories of Sempei Menon: training and testing together — he was a regular part of our Bushido family and life. With kindest regards, Sempeis Richard, Priscilla and John Cole.

  • Doug Gaughan on 04.01.2016 at 5:00 pm

    So very sorry for your loss Girish & Family, thoughts are with all of you during this very difficult time.

  • Donna Dutko on 04.01.2016 at 9:14 pm

    Dear Girish and family, my heart aches for you. May you find peace in the memory of your son and brother. Donna

  • Manda Acharya on 04.01.2016 at 10:45 pm

    I am heartbroken for this child and his family.I pray God gives them strength and peace during this difficult time. My child too is a freshman at a different college which very recently experienced a similar tragedy at a freshman dorm there! My daughter is friends with some of Jai’s friends from our town…she’s been deeply saddened by this tragic news and wishes to convey her heartfelt condolences to Jai’s family.

  • Shobha R Gopal on 04.01.2016 at 11:54 pm

    My heart goes out to the family of Jai. May God Rest His Soul In Peace. May God give strength to his parents and little brother at this time of crisis. Our prayers are with you all.

  • Kilachand Resident on 04.02.2016 at 12:21 am

    My sincerest condolences to family and friends. Any loss of life at this age is nothing short of tragic. May we take Jai’s life as a lesson to bring empathy and compassion into our daily actions and increase their presence on campus.

  • Latha on 04.02.2016 at 1:09 am

    I’m deeply Saddened by the news. Words are not adequate to express my sorrow!! May God rest his soul in peace and give strength to Menon family to bear this immense loss.

  • Yiqing Shen on 04.02.2016 at 9:33 am

    Jai was a wonderful student. I am so sad and shocked by his suddenly death. My thoughts and prayers are with Jai’s family…
    Yiqing Shen

  • BU Faculty on 04.02.2016 at 1:06 pm

    As a member of the BU faculty who teaches and loves our first-year students, I am deeply saddened by the loss of Jai Menon. May all those who were touched by his spirit be filled with compassion. Requiescet in pace, Jai Menon.

  • Sweta on 04.02.2016 at 1:36 pm

    I am Jai’s Mom’s friend. We are still in shock with this news. Can’t express my sorrow in words. My heart goes out to the family. May God give them strength to face this difficult time. You all are in our thoughts and Prayers. May departed young soul rest in peace.

  • Joan Silver on 04.02.2016 at 2:45 pm

    Jai and his family will have a place in my prayers as I hope they find comfort at this terrible time of grief.

  • BU mom of class of 2019 member on 04.02.2016 at 5:48 pm

    My deepest sympathies to the Menon family. Please know our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Marilyn Wiese on 04.03.2016 at 4:00 pm

    My sons trained in Karate with Jai when they were all just children. I can still remember Jai’s smiling face as a young boy. His parents were wonderful, always loving and supportive. My heart and my prayers go out to Jai, his family, and everyone who Jai touched with his smile.

  • John Riviere on 04.08.2016 at 5:35 pm

    We just heard of the tragic news. We are colleagues of his Father and like all, we all we wish we could change things. Our deepest sympathies to Girish and all the family and to Jai’s friends. You have all written beautiful words, it’s a testament to the beauty of Jai.
    God Bless

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