"Body found in Charles River was missing NU student" by Jan Ransom Globe Staff January 03, 2016
WORCESTER — The body of a man found in the Charles River on New Year’s Eve was that of a Northeastern University student who had been missing since Nov. 29, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation.
The man’s body showed no outward signs of trauma, and based on the evidence gathered by State Police detectives thus far his death is not believed to be suspicious.
Dennis Njoroge, 21, was a native of Kenya who graduated from Burncoat High School in Worcester. He was studying media arts at the College of Arts, Media, and Design.
West Yu, 21, said Njoroge’s films focused on racism and classism.
Njoroge also enjoyed playing basketball, Yu said, noting, “he couldn’t dribble but he loved to shoot.”
Northeastern had said previously that Njoroge swiped his school ID to use the gym at the Marino Center on Nov. 28, and that his parents last heard from him the following day.
“He was a familiar face to students at the basketball courts in Marino, and was looking forward to beginning a co-op [job] at a television news station in Boston this month,” wrote Northeastern president Joseph E. Aoun in a message to the university’s community Saturday. “Over the holidays, we continued to hope for Dennis’s safe return, even as we felt his absence. He will be missed greatly.”
Njoroge’s death left his friends searching for answers.
“I thought he just needed space,” Yu said. “It felt like he was kind of lonely.”
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