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Souhegan High School grad, basketball player dies in Boston

Thursday, March 7, 2013

By CABINET STAFF

AMHERST – A 2012 Souhegan High School graduate and Boston University freshman died Saturday morning in Boston, three hours after being transported from a city apartment to St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center.

Anthony Barksdale II, who was studying engineering, was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to the Boston University website.

Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore said Monday that BU officials learned from the national Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity that its local chapter was being suspended because of reports of underage drinking at the party, according to the Associated Press.

Barksdale, 19, a 2012 Souhegan High School graduate, died Friday night after allegedly attending an unauthorized fraternity social event at an apartment house on Wadsworth Street the fraternity Sigma Alpha Mu rented for some members.

The university describes the social as a “meet and greet” for young men like Barksdale. The freshman was in the early stages of “rushing,” or preparing to become a fraternity brother.

Boston police and the university think alcohol may have played a role in Barksdale’s death.

Barksdale was a top student and varsity basketball player during his years at Souhegan High School. Before graduating, he earned the basketball team’s Coach’s Award, a U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award and a Humanities Award.

He was a member of Boston University’s Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity.

“Whenever there is a death of one of our own it affects all of us,” said Boston University Dean of Students Kenneth Elmore in a report from the school. “Our entire community is deeply saddened. I hope that students will look out for each other. I hope they will use the resources that are available here, and I hope they reach out to friends, parents, and loved ones.”

Barksdale’s fellow students shared their sadness and shock at the news of the young student’s death.

“Such a nice guy, I can’t believe I’m reading this,” one student wrote.

Others shared memories of Barksdale and his days at Boston University.

“Rest in peace, Tony,” one wrote. “Seeing you every day for the past month or so has been a pleasure.”

“Such an amazing man,” another Facebook user commented on the BU page. “Can’t believe such a tragedy has struck yet again. RIP. You were one of the nicest people I’ve ever met.”

Barksdale’s own Facebook page shows his interest in basketball and football and lists his favorite quote: “If hard work pays off, then easy work is worthless.”

Danielle Curtis can be reached at 594-6557 or dcurtis@nashuatelegraph.com. Also, follow Curtis on Twitter (@Telegraph_DC).

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