Father Jenkins and Notre Dame community mourn death of student

by Dennis Brown

Notre Dame Blue Seal

Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., president of the University of Notre Dame, has asked that members of the Notre Dame community keep Sean Valero and his family in their thoughts and prayers. Valero, a sophomore from Niskayuna, N.Y., and resident of Keenan Hall, died this week.

“On behalf of the Notre Dame community, my deepest condolences go out to Sean’s family and friends,” Father Jenkins said. “My prayers are with them during this difficult time.”

Valero’s body was discovered late Thursday night (March 31) in the area near the campus lakes. The St. Joseph County coroner’s office ruled that Valero’s death was self-inflicted.

A Mass will take place Friday (April 1) at 5 p.m. in the Keenan Hall Chapel for the Keenan community and Sean’s friends. A University-wide memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date.

Grief counseling is being offered by staff members from the University Counseling Center.