Sunday, March 02, 2008

DU at MIT Falls to Death at Fraternity House

MIT senior dies in plunge from Back Bay frat house
By O’Ryan Johnson

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology senior died after plummeting from the fifth floor of his Back Bay fraternity house early yesterday morning, officials said.

The dead man was identified by the college as Robert Wells, 22, a quarterback on the school’s football team, who was originally from Ballston Spa, N.Y.

“We are terribly saddened to learn of the death,” MIT executive director of communications Pamela Dumas Serfes wrote in a statement. “This is a tragedy for his family, friends and the entire MIT community, and our hearts go out to all of them during this difficult time.”

Boston police said they responded about 5:44 a.m. to the Delta Upsilon frat house on Beacon Street, where Boston EMS pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Police said an investigation into the young man’s death is under way.

In addition to football, Wells played water polo at the college. The college said he studied brain and cognitive science. A man who answered the door of the fraternity house declined to comment, and directed calls to MIT.

An MIT student who lives next door said Wells fell from a window on the fifth floor to a spot in a parking lot. Mourning students gathered in large groups around tables inside the fraternity house last night. Well-wishers brought his fraternity brothers several trays of food.