Ajay Adepu

The Western University community is grieving the death of Ajay Vijayakumar Adepu, a 19-year-old Faculty of Engineering student who died suddenly on Friday. 

Adepu's obituary states he struggled with depression. He planned on becoming a software engineer.

In a statement to Western News, Western's President, Amit Chakma, said, “We wish to send our condolences to Ajay’s family and friends on their tragic loss. The death of someone so young is devastating for our university community.”

For students in need of support, there are multiple resources available. You can visit the Wellness Education Centre or Peer Support Centre in the University Community Centre. Rick Ezekiel, interim senior director of Student Experience, said there will be grief counselling available at Saugeen-Matiland Hall (Adepu's residence) and within the Faculty of Engineering next week for students in need of support. 

Adepu is the third Western student to pass away this year.


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