He was a friendly student with a contagious laugh
An Asian Columbian University student was found dead of an apparent suicide.
As reported by New York Post, 19-year-old Asian American Columbian University sophomore Kirk Wu was found hanged on campus.
Wu’s body was discovered with a cloth around his neck by a janitor in a shared public bathroom in the student dormitory of f McBain Hall.
In a public statement, dean of the college James J. Valentini described Wu as a “friendly student.”
“Kirk was also a self-professed birdwatcher and museum enthusiast. His adviser told me he was a friendly student with a contagious laugh,” Valentini said.
According to Columbia Spectator, Wu was a a native of Pasadena, California an editor of the Columbia Economics Review, a cohort leader of 180 Degrees Consulting, and a member of Columbia Taekwondo.
“We care deeply about the grief and sadness you may be feeling, and we are here for you,” Valentini said to the students. “Whether or not you knew Kirk, you may find comfort in gathering with your community.”
One anonymous student expressed his shock and sadness. “I notice this happening around midterms and finals. It must have been the stress of taking the exam or finding out their grades.”
“This week and next week is midterms.” He added. “They have a call-in center. They are pushing information, ‘If you need help come to us,’ and they are educating students and faculty to recognize the signs when someone isn’t doing well.”