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American Student Missing in Italy: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

John Durkin, 19, from Rye, New Hampshire, was missing starting February 19 when he was last seen in a bar in Rome, Italy, reports WMUR. Today news emerged that he had been found dead in a Roman railroad tunnel

Here’s what you need to know:


1. He’s Was Football Player at Bates College

Durkin is a student at Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, where he is a junior. According to the Bangor Daily News, Durkin plays for the school’s football team as a linebacker.

According to his profile on the Bates College football site, Durkin is part of the class of 2015. He stands 6 feet tall and weighs 205 pounds.

In 2012, he played every game for Bates Football and ranked second on the team with 57 tackles (43 solo).


2. Durkin Was Studying With 5 Other Students in Rome

He’s part of a study abroad program being run by Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Trinity has a campus in Rome, Italy. Durkin is part of a group of six students who were studying in the Italian capital for the semester.

3. Durkin Was Last Seen in a Bar

The missing student was last seen at a bar, Sloppy Sam’s, in Rome’s Campo del Fiori neighborhood. Friends say they went out to the bar and lost Durkin at some point during the night. Reports say he was last seen at 1:30 a.m.

The neighborhood of Campo del Fiori is famous among Roman residents, a boisterous drunkin’ zone, that’s regarded as off-limits for soccer supporters visiting the city.

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