A STUDENT at the University of New Hampshire was reported missing in the early morning hours of Saturday, December 4, 2021.
Police found the body of Vincenzo Lirosi the following Sunday afternoon.
Who was University of New Hampshire student Vincenzo Lirosi?
A 22-year-old University of New Hampshire student named Vincenzo Lirosi was reported missing at around 3am on Saturday morning.
According to a friend of his, Jordan Blanchard, Lirosi had been at a fraternity party where he got into his "first ever" fight before leaving around 1am.
"It's pretty uncharacteristic of him," Blanchard said to WMUR.
"This is his first fight ever."
After the fight ended, the fraternity "kicked him out and told him to go home," said Blanchard.
"That's when he went into the woods," he added.
Other attendees of the party reportedly told police they saw Lirosi walking along a path frequented by students at the campus after he left the party.
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What happened to Vincenzo Lirosi?
At around 1.20pm on Sunday, December 5, 2021, the body of Lirosi was found by a New England Search and Rescue K-9 team in a marshy area off Coe Drive in Durham, New Hampshire.
Currently, the cause of death is unknown. An autopsy will be conducted by the New Hampshire Medical Examiner.
"Though this is not the outcome we all had hoped for, we are grateful that we were able to find Vincenzo and bring some closure to his family," said Durham Police Chief Rene Kelley.
According to WMUR, Durham police lead investigations along with state police, Fish and Game, University of New Hampshire police, Strafford County Sheriff, New Hampshire State Liquor Enforcement and New England K-9 Search and Rescue.
The University of New Hampshire shared a series of tweets after the body of Lirosi was found, offering resources for students and staff affected by the tragedy.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with Vincenzo’s family and friends," they wrote.
"This is a very sad day for our community and right now we are focused on providing the support & resources needed for everyone who knew him or is impacted by his death."
"We will share additional information as it becomes available. A sudden death brings a range of feelings, especially shock and disbelief," the school continued on Twitter.
"Please take care of yourself and seek help if you need it."
What have people said about Vincenzo Lirosi?
A GoFundMe page was created to assist the family of Lirosi. The original goal for the fundraiser was $5K, but it has reached over $40K as of Monday, December 6, 2021.
With over 1.5K donations, many people have left tributes to Lirosi and his family and friends.
"Vinny, thank you for being my friend for the past 6 years," one person wrote.
"I'll never forget all the laughs we've had. I'll miss you, fly high."
"Vinny was a one of a kind kid with a soul and spirit unlike any other," added another.
"His humor and energy brightened every room he entered and every life he was a part of. We’ll miss you buddy."
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