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Rye man hit, killed by train in Rome
John Durkin, the son of Timothy and Liz Durkin, had been reported missing on Thursday, and his father and uncle had gone to Rome to help police search for him, according to family members.
The U.S. Department of State confirmed his death in a statement issued Saturday. "We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends," it read. "The U.S. Embassy is providing consular assistance to his family. We have no further details to share out of respect for the family during this difficult time."The State Department referred questions about the circumstances of Durkin's death to Italian authorities.The U.S. Embassy in Rome also posted a statement of condolence on its website.
His friends and family launched social media sites asking for help in finding him. Those same sites were filled with sorrowful remembrances of the young man on Saturday, including messages from top state officials.
Meg Kimmel, associate vice president for communications at Bates, said college officials were informed of Durkin's death late Saturday morning. "It's a heartbreaking loss for John's family and our college and everyone who knew and loved John," she said. "We just extend our deepest sense of loss and sorrow to everyone."
"John's commitment to excellence in all phases of his life was inspirational to the other members of the squad and a major factor in the team's success over the past three years," he said in a statement posted on the college website. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Durkin family during this difficult time."
Bates students are on winter break. Kimmel said the college will "make any plans for remembering John after we talk with his family."
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