Bates Student Found Dead in Italy

Erica Stapleton

Updated 11 months ago

The body of a Bates College student studying in Rome, Italy was found on Thursday by Italian railway police.  They say he was hit by a train.

Trinity College Rome Campus officials confirmed Saturday that the body was John Durkin, who was one of six Bates students in Trinity’s study abroad program.

A family member posted to Facebook: “It is with much sadness that the Durkin family informs of the loss of John Nolen Durkin and thanks everyone for their support during the past few days.”

“This is a time of deep sadness for our community and for so many people who knew and loved John,” said President Clayton Spencer in a statement Saturday afternoon.  “We are profoundly sad and share the tremendous grief of his family.”

Durkin, a 21-year-old junior, went missing on Wednesday overnight – he was last seen out with friends at Sloppy Sam’s, a bar in the Campo Di Fiore area, around 2:30 a.m.

Durkin, an economics major, also played football at Bates.  He’s from Rye Beach, N.H.




  • Amanda Holt

    Please add ITALY to the title, being in Maine and having a Town, ROME in Maine, It was easy to assume the body of this young man was found in ROME MAINE… I know after reading, the understanding that this occurred overseas however I think clarity in the titling would be appropriate.
    My thoughts and Prayers are with the family and friends of Mr. Durkin.

    • John Emery

      Did you not read the headlines?

      • yendor1152

        They’ve since altered the headline, John. Before, it said “Bates Student Found Dead in Rome.” As someone from Maine, I also wondered if it was in Rome, Maine.

      • Amanda Holt

        I read it CLEARLY “Bates Student found Dead in ROME” and they have since changed it :)