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Candlelight Ceremony Held for Krueger and Basha


Gabor Csanyi -- The Tech

Students gathered Saturday on Kresge Oval for a candlelight memorial service to honor the memories of Umaer A. Basha '01 and Scott S. Krueger '01.

Basha died almost two weeks ago at home in Chicago after fainting in his shower and drowning. Two days later, Krueger was found unconscious in his room at Phi Gamma Delta. Krueger died of alcohol poisoning last Monday evening.

President Charles M. Vest, Senior Associate Dean Robert M. Randolph, Chaplain John Wuestneck, and Class of 2001 President Pamela Mukerji '01 took time off from discussing difficult issues and policies and addressing the national and local media to speak to a crowd of students about the deaths of two freshmen.

"We - our community and the media - have dedicated five percent of our attention and concern to Umaer, another five percent to Scott, and the remaining 90 percent to the controversy shrouding Scott's death. We cannot lose sight of the fact that they were people, that they were two individuals with ideas, goals, and dreams," Mukerji said in her address.

The event was cosponsored by the Interfraternity Council and the Class of 2001.

The candlelight memorial was designed to allow members of the MIT community to come together to share their grief and frustration, said Bob Broderick '99, who helped organize the event.

"When we see something like this happen, we all feel like we've let down our own, that we've failed somehow. We need to feel that we are not alone in this sentiment," Broderick said.

"Each light is representative of our own individual concern. Together, our communities form an even greater light, showing that we are here for each other. It's a unified image of support and sympathy and an appropriate way of honoring their memories," he said.