Patrick Romano, a Niagara University student and member of the school’s club hockey team, was killed in a house fire in Niagara Falls over the weekend.
Romano was very active at the university and had helped with streaming and production of Purple Eagles athletic events that aired on ESPN, according to the university.
Romano was a junior student in the sport management program.
According to a Niagara Falls spokesperson, heavy smoke initially forced them out but when they re-entered Romano was the only individual found dead inside of the home.
University president Rev. James J. Maher announced the tragic news in a letter to students and faculty.
“This news is devastating to our university community, and the pain that we are feeling, the emptiness that Patrick’s passing leaves for all of us is far-reaching. Together, we are heartbroken by this tragic loss of life,” Maher wrote.
“Words cannot express the deep sadness experienced across the University community – the club hockey team and their coach, our students, our faculty, and our staff.”
The fire is currently under investigation.
Our deepest condolences go out to Romano’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.