November 14, 2011

Boston College Player Found Dead in Apartment

by Corey McLaughlin |

Michael Racanelli, a Boston College men's club lacrosse player from Brightwaters, N.Y., was found dead Monday in his apartment in the Boston suburb of Brighton, according to a university spokesman. He was 20.

The Associated Press reported that preliminary investigations have ruled out foul play and a medical examiner will determine the manner and cause of death.

Racanelli, a 2009 graduate of Bay Shore High School on Long Island, was a sophomore at Boston College. He was reportedly recovering from a collarbone injury suffered in October. University spokesman Jack Dunn declined to confirm those reports, citing privacy laws, the AP said.

As of 11:30 p.m. Monday night, more than 60 people had posted messages of remembrance on Racanelli's facebook wall in roughly three hours.

"For everyone and anyone who knew Michael Racanelli, you do not need to me tell you about the kind, gentle, easygoing person he was. He was the most beautiful musician, friend, lacrosse player, surfer, artist, basketball player, listener, and a host of other irreplaceable characteristics," wrote friend Paul Brooke.

Boston College is offering extended counseling services to all students through University Counseling and Campus Ministry. Racanelli's brother, Matt, is a freshman at BC.

In a letter to the "Boston College Lacrosse Community" on Tuesday, men's club head coach Patrick McCavanagh wrote, in part:

"Our thoughts and prayers go out to Michael’s family and his many friends. Our condolences go out to the entire Racanelli Family, parents Michael and Barbara, sisters Lexie and Carly, and brother Matthew.

"Last evening, members of the lacrosse team, its coaching staff along with representatives from Campus Ministry, Student Services and the Athletic Department assembled on campus to begin the healing process. The full resources of the University including counseling services will be made available to the team in hopes of providing a foundation of support as we grieve together and try to heal. This is a very close group of young men and there is some comfort in knowing that the strong bond we share as a team extends beyond the playing field.

"Vice President for University Mission and Ministry Jack Butler, SJ, said, 'At BC, we are a family and the death of one of ours is always painful and sad; however, the love and support found within our community is the very sign of God and the source of our comfort.'

"Michael was a wonderful and talented young man and his loss is deeply felt by the entire Boston College Lacrosse community."

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