Police Investigate Untimely Death of UConn Student

The UConn senior is the fourth student death since August.

A UConn student from Wilton died on Monday and the school community is coping with the fourth sudden death of a member of the school community since August.

Officials from UConn said they learned on Monday that Robert Keers, a senior in the School of Business, had died earlier in the morning at Windham Hospital after being transported from Willington.

State police said they are actively investigating Keers’ death and waiting on autopsy results before releasing any additional information.

“In the short time since we learned of his death, it has become abundantly clear that Robbie had a wide circle of friends at UConn who are profoundly affected by his passing. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends, both in the UConn community and his hometown of Wilton,” UConn spokesperson Stephanie Reitz said in a statement.

There are several condolence posts mentioning Keers on the UConn Kappa Sigma Twitter account.

“As in all such cases, UConn immediately reached out to friends and others on campus who were close to Robbie, and encourages anyone who needs assistance to contact Counseling and Mental Health Services for confidential help,” Reitz said.

Keers is the fourth UConn undergraduate to pass away unexpectedly since early August, according to school officials.

Brandon Gothberg, a 20-year-old UConn junior from of East Hartford, was killed in a one-car crash on Route 2 on Friday, Aug. 7.

Two UConn sophomores, Alana Ferrante, 19, of South Windsor, and Ryan Meegan, 19, of Ridgefield, were killed in a car crash on Route 66 in Columbia on Sept. 18.

“We grieve for each of these valued students, and thank others in Connecticut to extending their support to our campus community and those touched by these painful losses,” Reitz said.

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