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Bates student found dead in Rome

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB/AP) -

A Bates College student was found dead in Rome, Italy, on Saturday.

According to college officials, John Durkin, who was studying abroad through a program sponsored by Trinity college was found dead.

In a statement, his family said, "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."

The college said Friday that John Durkin, of Rye, N.H., was among six Bates students participating in a study-abroad program through Trinity College in Connecticut.

In a statement from President of Trinity College, James. F. Jones, Jr. said, "I wish to express my deepest sympathies, and those of the entire Trinity College community, to the family and friends of John. By all accounts, he was an exemplary young man and a student-athlete in the truest sense of the word. I also want to extend my sincere condolences to Bates College, my gratitude to Trinity administrators at our Rome campus, as well as to the Trinity staff in Hartford for their dedication and hard work during this tragic and difficult time."

Friends traveling with the group said Durkin has not been seen for two days. They said he went out to a bar and never returned.

Durkin, who's a linebacker on the football team, is a junior studying economics.

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