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No Suspicious Events Led to Death

By Marie Y. Thibault

The Boston Police are considering Zachary Morris’ death last Wednesday to be accidental, according to an MIT press release. There are no suspicious circumstances surrounding Morris’ death, said David Estrada, night office manager in the Boston Police’s Office of Media Relations.

Estrada said that following any death in Boston, the police conduct a death investigation, which for Morris is awaiting a ruling on the cause of death by a medical examiner. The police press office was unable to release further information about the investigation last night.

MIT Spokesperson Denise Brehm told the Boston Globe last week that she did not believe alcohol was a factor in Morris’ death. Brehm could not be reached for comment yesterday afternoon. The cause of death report may provide an authoritative ruling about whether or not alcohol had a role in Morris’s death.

Several new facts about the night Morris died have become available since The Tech’s previous story last Friday. The video surveillance camera did not show Morris’ fall, as was reported previously. Instead, according to an MIT press release, “He apparently headed to the wharf alone where a surveillance camera caught his image as he explored the dock in a private area. Morris was found on the public sidewalk outside the fenced area at 6:45 a.m. in a manner that suggests he fell while climbing over the fence.”

MIT Police Chief John DiFava said that MIT is not pursuing an investigation into Morris’s death. The investigation is “entirely the Boston Police Department’s investigation,” DiFava said.

It is unclear whether there will be changes at Crossroads, the bar where Morris drank alcohol the night of his death.

John, a Crossroads employee who declined to give his full name, said he was not aware that the bar had sold alcohol to a minor on the night of Nov. 30. The bar’s policy is to card everyone who comes in the door, he said. He also said that he had not heard of any recent enforcements or checks on the policy. The bar’s manager could not be reached for comment yesterday afternoon.