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Family of Rye college student killed in Rome seeking answers

Staff Report
February 26. 2014 8:25PM


The family of a Rye man killed by a train after a night out at a bar in Rome is awaiting autopsy and toxicology results.

Shawn Crapo, a Rye neighbor, said Wednesday the family of John Durkin remains in everyone’s thoughts and prayers.

“I can’t imagine any worse scenario that you could dream up as a parent,” Crapo said.

Durkin, 21, the son of Timothy and Mary Durkin, was a Bates College junior studying in Rome for a semester through a program offered by Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., according to school officials.

He had been reported missing last Thursday; his father and uncle went to Rome to help police search for him, according to family members. Roma Today reported that the family is waiting for authorities to release his body so it can be brought back to the United States.

Durkin was last seen by friends in the early morning hours of Thursday in the Campo de Fiori section of Rome, according to a statement by Bates College. Media reports from Italy, including Roma Today, indicate that Durkin was struck and killed by a train on Thursday and that security footage showed him entering a train station about a mile-and-a-half away from where his body was found.

His body was discovered that day in a railroad tunnel in central Rome, but was not identified until two days later.

His family confirmed Durkin’s death on Saturday in a brief statement: “It is with much sadness that the Durkin Family informs you of the loss of John Nolen Durkin and thanks everyone for their support during the past few days.”

According to Bates College officials, Durkin was an economics major with a minor in Asian studies. He was a linebacker on the football team.

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