NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Saturday’s homecoming celebrations at Southern Connecticut State University were followed by a sobering Sunday morning.
The administration sent out an e-mail Sunday grieving the loss of a student whose body was found on campus.
The cause of death has not yet been determined, but according to campus police, there appears to be no evidence of foul play.
According to students and a New Haven Police source, alcohol was involved; Gallo passed out in his car and died.
News 8 spoke with Gallo’s father over the phone. He was gracious but could not talk because he was on his way out the door to make funeral arrangements for his son.
“It’s just so sad cause he.. just having fun and just turned into something so awful or tragic,” said SCSU freshman Jackie Silano.
News 8 did receive a Snapchat video, in which it appears Sean Gallo is asleep in the back seat of a car, allegedly from Saturday night. In it, Gallo’s friends recording the video leave the car and say ‘sleep well’ before shutting the door. We are not showing this video as it may be disturbing.
While sitting in the car with Gallo, his friends also talk about being at a sorority party Saturday night.
“I was shocked because like I said you never know it’s gonna happen, like right here and right where you go to school. There’s kids here all the time. It’s just so sad to hear,” said Silano.
The university sent out a statement saying that Gallo was a junior and history major. He was in his first semester at Southern after transferring from Naugatuck Valley Community College.
“Our deepest sympathies are extended to Sean’s family and friends on this untimely loss”Joe Bertolino, President of Southern Connecticut State University
“It was very sad because this is real life stuff happening right where I live and my condolences go out to his family and his loved ones and all of his friends,” said SCSU freshman John Amodeo.
“I heard he was really generous and helpful because I think he did something with the freshmen class,” said Silano. “I think he helped them out.”
“It was meant to be a really good weekend and unfortunately this happened and it was very sad to hear,” said Amodeo.
Gallo’s father told News 8 Monday night that his son was incredible, a good person who was kind and friendly to people, and worked hard in school.
The office of the state medical examiner says it could be six to eight weeks before results are back which could help determine a cause of death.
Counseling Services will be available Monday in Engleman Hall, Room B219, or students may call 203 392-5475 to set up an appointment. Any student needing support may also seek out residence life staff or the Dean of Students’ office.