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SHOCK: Johnson & Wales College Student Raymond Chase Is September’s 5th Gay Suicide

Jesus. Number six five. His name is Raymond Chase, he was a 19-year-old student at Johnson & Wales in Providence, and he hung himself in his dorm room Wednesday night. I can’t even believe these young men are now becoming statistics.

Seth Walsh, Asher Brown, Justin Aaberg (he died in July), and Billy Lucas, and Tyler Clementi. Now, a fifth young soul.

From a CampusPride.org release, it’s unclear why Chase — a Monticello, New York native — took his own life.

Ronald Martel, the school’s dean of students, emailed the campus yesterday:

Today I contact you with the deeply sad news of the passing of Raymond Chase, sophomore, 19, culinary arts major. The campus community is mourning the loss of this vibrant young man who leaves many JWU friends and teachers, and a loving family of Monticello, New York.

Funeral arrangements are not available at this time. As we obtain more information that can be shared, we will do so. Ray’s JWU friends and the university are planning a memorial service for the campus community. Those details will be forthcoming.

In the meantime, I encourage anyone who is having a difficult time to seek the services available at Student Counseling. Our staff of professionals is here to work with all of you during this sorrowful time. Their help and confidentiality is a benefit that you should consider.

Student Counseling services are available at the The Friedman Center, 2nd floor, Harborside Campus and at Wales (formerly Plantations) Hall, 2nd Floor, Downcity Campus. Call 401-598-1016 to reach both locations.

By expressing the university community’s condolences to Ray’s family, I join you during this time of bereavement.

Unbelievably — UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLY — Kevin Jennings remains completely silent. He’s speaking later today in New York, to a private audience at NYU. This is the guy in charge of keeping our schools safe? A joke.

Our hearts go out to Raymond’s family.

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[This post erroneously reported six suicides took place this month. Raymond appears to be the fifth.]