Bates College student found dead in Rome is remembered by classmates

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LEWISTON, ME. -- Students at Bates College will gather Monday afternoon to memorialize a classmate who died suddenly while studying in Rome.

John Durkin, a native of Rye Beach, N.H., was last seen early Thursday morning at a bar in Rome’s Campo de Fiori area, according to a statement from the college. His death was reported Saturday by a relative and the US State Department.

Durkin was a junior at Bates, where he was an economics major and Asian studies minor, as well as playing linebacker on the football team, according to the college.

Victoria Chippari, a student from Hingham who was studying in Rome with Durkin, said she was just starting to become friends with him when he disappeared after socializing with her and others Wednesday night.

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