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TEP Alumnus Found Dead

By Jenny Zhang

Kevin McCormick ’99 died this past Sunday in his apartment while on ecstasy, according to an e-mail from Nicholas M. Hanssens G to his current and McCormick’s former fraternity, Tau Epsilon Phi.

McCormick’s apartment has been identified as a laboratory for producing methamphetamine, and chemicals for carrying out those reactions have been found by the Boston Police and Drug Enforcement Agency, said Yzette Ram, spokesperson for the Boston Fire Department, which has been offering support for the DEA and BPD investigation.

A joint investigation with Boston Police of the building and laboratory is ongoing, said Anthony Pettigrew, spokesperson for the DEA. “I would say it’s a very sophisticated lab,” he said. Pettigrew would not comment on the size of the laboratory or what has been found within it, citing the fact that investigation is ongoing. “Nobody has been charged by the federal government, as far as I know” regarding the contents of the laboratory, but that does not mean people will not be charged in the future, he said.

Sergeant Thomas Sexton, spokesperson for the Boston Police, said the investigation at the South Boston apartment “could take quite a bit of time.” The police have applied for search warrants, but Sexton said he did not know if they had been carried out, and would not comment on the locations of the warrants. There is a “giant investigation with the Boston Police and the DEA,” he said.

MIT Police are not involved with the investigation, but have visited the laboratory in South Boston, said Denise Brehm of the MIT News Office. Brehm said she did not know why MIT Police made the visit. Police Chief John DiFava said he had been told by MIT not to discuss the matter and referred all comment to Brehm.

Michael P. Short ’05, a TEP alumnus, called McCormick “a great friend of mine” and to a lot of people. Four other members of TEP declined to comment.

Marissa Vogt contributed to the reporting of this story.