University identifies student found dead in construction site

| Managing Editor

Chancellor Mark Wrighton identified senior Shayel Patnaik as the student found dead in the East End construction site last Friday.

Patnaik was a history major in the College of Arts & Sciences from Memphis, Tenn., Wrighton wrote in an email to the entire Danforth campus. He was active in many community service programs on campus, including the College Prep Program and the Gephardt Institute’s Each One Teach One tutoring program.

In his memory, Wrighton announced that the University and the Patnaik family are creating the Shayel Mohanty Patnaik scholarship fund to support one College Prep scholar at Washington University each year. The College Prep Program works with St. Louis-area, first generation high school students to prepare them for success in college.

“This will be a lasting tribute to Shayel’s commitment to helping young people learn and grow and achieve their full potential,” Wrighton wrote of the scholarship fund.

The University will also host a memorial service in Patnaik’s honor on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Women’s Building Formal Lounge.

As the investigation is still continuing, no further detail is available at this time, according to Wrighton’s email. However, he reiterated previous knowledge that there is no indication of foul play involved in Patnaik’s death.


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