Pope meets parents of U.S. student found dead in Rome

By Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Meeting the grieving parents of a
U.S. student who was found dead in Rome, Pope Francis mourned the death of the
teenager, who had been set to begin a study-abroad program.

Beau Solomon, 19, was found dead in the Tiber River July
4 after friends reported last seeing him early July 1.

The pope met with Nick and Jodi Solomon from Spring
Green, Wisconsin, July 6, in a private audience. He expressed his “deepest
sympathy and compassion” as well as his closeness to them in his prayers
“for the young man who died so tragically,” according to a Vatican
press release.

The student from the University of Wisconsin-Madison had
arrived in Rome June 30 to study at John Cabot University. However, he
disappeared less than 24 hours later after spending the evening with friends at
a Rome pub, according to the Associated Press.

More than $1,000 had been charged to the student’s credit
card after his disappearance, AP reported.

Italian police were investigating the cause and
circumstances of his death and arrested a homeless man in connection with the

Solomon had survived cancer as a child, the family said.

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