Fairfield University student killed day before graduation

A 21-year-old Fairfield University senior was killed in an auto accident near the school early Saturday, May 18 – one day before graduation.

“Deandre Lawton, of Brockton, Massachusetts, a member of the Fairfield University Class of 2013, died as the result of injuries received during a single car accident that occurred early Saturday morning in the town of Fairfield,” according to a statement at fairfield.edu.

Lawton, 21, was a senior in the Charles F. Dolan School of Business and was to participate in the undergraduate commencement ceremony scheduled for Sunday, May 19, on campus, according to the school’s statement.

“The tragedy has shaken the entire community and all are profoundly saddened by the loss of a valued member of the Fairfield family,” the statement read. “All in the Fairfield community are invited to prayer for Deandre, his family and friends.”

The Fairfield University Counseling Services staff, along with Campus Ministry and Residence Life students is available to speak with and assist students and other members of the community in dealing with this tragic event. Plans are being made for prayer and remembrance, including at the Baccalaureate Mass on Saturday.

Further details will be posted as they become available.

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