Notre Dame releases names of students who died over the weekend


The University of Notre Dame today (Feb. 18) released the names of two students who died in unrelated incidents over the weekend.

Timothy R. Aher, a second year Notre Dame Law School student from Brookfield, Conn., died tragically and unexpectedly Sunday (Feb. 17) in Ilford, England, a suburb of London. He was enrolled in the law schools London Law Programme. Aher was 25.

Connor P. McGrath, a sophomore from Oklahoma City, died Sunday on campus.

A resident of Siegfried Hall, he had spent the night in the room of a friend in Dillon Hall, where he previously had resided. His body was discovered by friends at approximately 1:40 p.m.

Consistent with the Universitys protocol, Notre Dame Security Police requested assistance from a St. Joseph County police investigative unit. Investigators from the unit and the countys deputy coroner made a preliminary evaluation, pending an autopsy today, that the death appeared to be from natural causes, possibly related to McGraths history of diabetes.

McGrath intended to major in business. He was 20.

A memorial Mass for both students will take place at 10 p.m. Tuesday (Feb. 19) in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the Universitys president, will preside. The homilist will be Rev. Mark L. Poorman, C.S.C., vice president for student affairs. Words of remembrance for Aher will be offered by Rev. John J. Coughlin, O.F.M., professor of law, and words of remembrance for McGrath will be offered by Rev. Peter M. McCormick, C.S.C., rector of Keough Hall.

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