University at Buffalo student, 18-year-old Sebastian Serafin-Bazan, involved in the possible hazing incident last week has died

Buffalo police are investigating what role exercise may have played in his death. They continue their investigation and say a number of students have been “interviewed.”

University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi issued a statement regarding the matter Wednesday afternoon:

Dear university community, I am deeply saddened to share with you that UB freshman Sebastian Serafin-Bazan passed away today. Our hearts go out to Sebastian’s family for the devastating heartbreak they are experiencing. We extend our sincerest condolences to the Serafin-Bazan family and to all of Sebastian’s friends here at UB and in his hometown of Port Chester, N.Y. We join them in mourning the tragic loss of a member of our UB family. If you are struggling, please know that our university counselors are here to provide you support in the aftermath of this terrible loss. As we grieve Sebastian’s passing today and well beyond, it is my hope that each of us pauses to remind ourselves that we can only uphold our humanity by treating each other with dignity, compassion and kindness. Sincerely, Satish K. Tripathi President