Kenyan Born Computer Engineering Student At Amherst Campus Found Dead


Erick Kang’ethe, a junior studying computer engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst Campus  died on Wednesday in what has been described as an unattended death

According to a spokeswoman for the Northwestern district attorney, UMass-Amherst police and state police detectives from the DA’s office went to the parking lot of McGuirk Stadium, the school’s football stadium, where they discovered a deceased man inside a vehicle.

The death is non-criminal in nature, and no foul play is suspected, the spokeswoman said. State police are heading the investigation.

In addition to his studies, Kang’ethe spent time volunteering with Worcester-based organization Cultural Exchange through Soccer. He was involved in the organization’s youth team, Worcester World Cup and received a scholarship from Cultural Exchange through Soccer this year.

Erick has family in Worcester and Washington, according to a statement from UMass-Amherst.

His family moved to Massachusetts where he went on to graduate from Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester before enrolling at UMass.

Erick’s family said they had no contact with him since Sunday, October 27, and reported him as a missing person.