UB president issues statement on death of student Sebastian Serafin-Bazan

Release Date: April 17, 2019


BUFFALO, N.Y. -- University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi issued a statement today expressing the university’s condolences and deep sadness upon the death of UB student Sebastian Serafin-Bazan. Out of respect for the Serafin-Bazan family, this is the only statement the university will be making today. Tripathi’s entire statement is as follows:

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.


Satish K. Tripathi


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