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Stanford graduate engineering student's body found on campus

Original post made on Feb 11, 2019

A Stanford University graduate engineering student was found dead on campus on Monday, according to the School of Engineering Dean Jennifer Widom.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, February 11, 2019, 7:25 PM

Comments (22)

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 11, 2019 at 10:35 pm

With as little information as this it is impossible for us not to question whether there are any ongoing safety concerns.

Until we hear the cause of death I think I will feel very wary about safety.

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RIP to the victim, and condolences to his family and friends.


Posted by @(so-called) Resident
a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 11, 2019 at 11:08 pm

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 12, 2019 at 8:14 am

Safety is a concern in Palo Alto, and it seems that talking about it is not allowed now.

That makes me feel less safe.


Posted by What's Next?
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 12, 2019 at 8:49 am

What is going on around here? Reported crime incidents appear to be on the upswing in Palo Alto.

What are the underlying reasons for all of this? Some attribute it to perceived PA affluence, others cite minimal PAPD crime prevention efforts due to limited PAPD manpower.

Is it time to adequately arm & train ourselves...legally speaking of course?

Not so much from other Palo Alto residents but from the 'out-of-town' criminals who seem to be gravitating towards the city.

Self-protection becomes paramount when all other prevention effort appear ineffectual.

This isn't a 'Chicken Little' commentary...just an awareness of 'chicken hawks'.






Posted by student
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 12, 2019 at 8:56 am

The article says that a man died, not that a crime occurred. Most causes of death do not involve crimes. Rest in peace.


Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Feb 12, 2019 at 9:35 am

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Posted by Is it possible the family requested privacy?
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 12, 2019 at 11:04 am

Is it possible the family requested privacy? is a registered user.

Is it possible the family requested privacy? Why do writers on this board so often assign ill intent to others?

I am sorry to hear this news. No doubt the student left behind many friends and family who loved him. May his memory be a blessing.


Posted by give me a break
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Feb 12, 2019 at 11:30 am

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Posted by macbaldy
a resident of Midtown
on Feb 12, 2019 at 12:21 pm

@"Resident", you can't be local. Stanford is not in Palo Alto; it's always been unincorporated private county land. The Allen Building is in the old Engineering Quad, which is closer to Menlo Park than PA.


Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 12, 2019 at 4:34 pm

@MacBaldy

Wrong. I live here, but I am blind to city and county barriers. Palo Alto and Stanford are both part of my neighborhood.


Posted by What's Next?
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 12, 2019 at 6:42 pm

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Posted by thinking too much
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 13, 2019 at 2:16 am

Often said to be contagious.


Posted by Neighbor Chris
a resident of Triple El
on Feb 13, 2019 at 8:36 am

Interesting to see the fear-mongers trying to turn any death into a crime/safety story. Graduate students have a suicide rate six times the national average - a true national health crisis. This story, which is reported in a manner consistent with a suicide, an accident, or a death by obvious natural causes, does not cry out for more guns or more cops. It cries out for people to chill out, be kind, and engage the stressed and awkward among us. We’ve all had moments of being one or both of those things. Personal connection saves lives. Fearful isolation does the opposite.


Posted by Who Are These People?
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 13, 2019 at 8:52 am

> Graduate students have a suicide rate six times the national average - a true national health crisis.

What accounts for that? Everyone experiences pressures in their everyday lives.

Is it due to stress over grant finding, getting proper recognition for one's work, and/or in-house politics?

To the common man this would be the equivalent of concerns over one's salary, promotions and work environment conflicts.

Graduate students live in a glass bubble & if your numbers are correct, it illustrates that many of them find it extremely difficult to co-exist or function in the real world...countless academics are like that to some extent & many are oftentimes frustrated with mainstream mentalities that 'just don't get it' (i.e. their lofty visions for the world at large).

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 13, 2019 at 9:13 am

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Posted by @(so-called) Resident
a resident of Mountain View
on Feb 13, 2019 at 9:41 am

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 13, 2019 at 10:54 am

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What I am doing is asking for the topic to be studied if it is true that grad students are more likely than the general population to consider suicide. I have been affected indirectly by suicide more than once, one time was a murder that was made to look like suicide and the truth did not come out for many years. That in fact made me grieve twice in different ways over the same death.

How can we help people if we do not look into causes? How can we learn how to help them before it is too late? [Portion removed.]


Posted by sad
a resident of College Terrace
on Feb 15, 2019 at 12:35 am


Just sad when anyone dies. Rest In Peace.


Posted by R.Davis
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 16, 2019 at 10:44 am

R.Davis is a registered user.

QUOTE:Interesting to see the fear-mongers trying to turn any death into a crime/safety story.

Given the recent string of crimes now taking place in Palo Alto along with the initial lack of overall information pertaining to this unfortunate incident, it's understandable that some people might have attributed it to a crime-related death.

As far as preventative measures to avoid such occurrences, it's an individual call.


Posted by Zen Man
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Feb 16, 2019 at 12:59 pm

> Just sad when anyone dies.

Think of it as a potential rebirth. Being born & dying are inter-related to a great extent.

It's part of an all-encompassing cycle.


Posted by Enigmation
a resident of Stanford
on Feb 19, 2019 at 11:29 pm

Shame on you in releasing the student’s name. The parents EXPLICITELY asked for privacy in the most difficult time in their life. Indeed this kind of information is public police record, but ANY HUMAN BEING who took JOURNALISM ETHICS class and who has a heart would not pubslish that information online. He is just a graduate student, not a public figure. Leave him and his parents and friends alone.
If you are just a stupid insensitive reporter who wants more clicks or trying to elicit fear in the neighborhood, you can also achieve that without releasing the student’s name.


Posted by Resident
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Feb 21, 2019 at 3:23 pm

My guess is that Stanford has decided to withhold the name of the student.
Names of other international students and researchers have been released immediately. Leaving this students name out, and that he worked in the Nanoelectronics lab, leads to speculation.


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