On September 9, 2017 Brock University student Troy Larouche passed away while studying abroad in Germany. Larouche was reportedly a part of a tragic accident. Larouche was in his third year at Brock and enrolled in a dual program degree, which is offered by the Goodman School of Business.
According to a local newspaper in Oestrich-Winkel, it was in the early hours of September 9 that Larouche’s body was found by a local witness. Although there was an ongoing investigation by the Wiesbaden Criminal Investigation Department, they have ruled out any foreign influence or foul play.
There has been an outpouring of support for the Larouche family from Brock and the community, as well as the families of those who are still currently overseas. As is solemn tradition, the flags at Brock University flew at half-mast.
The international partner school Larouche was attending was the EBS University of Business and Law at which he had just completed his co op internship with the e-commerce company, Dezignated. He was set to begin his final term at EBS University this September.
Two Brock University officials have been confirmed to be headed to Germany to speak with, the other students on the exchange program through this tragedy. They are Goodman School Associate Dean, Dianne Miller, and Goodman’s Manager of International Exchanges and Partnerships, Meredith Heaney . There are fourteen other students who were studying abroad in Germany.
In a statement released by the school, Brock stated there will be a memorial service held on September 21. Including a funeral mass being held at 10 a.m. and provided details on visitation hours. The link to that information is located at the bottom of this article.
Larouche was a high-achieving academic student. Not only being able to qualify for the dual degree program but also having maintained an 80 per cent average during his time at Brock, as well as achieving honour roll status in high school and completing his internship in Germany. He was a well-regarded member of the community and will be sorely missed by those in it.
It is clear that the school and all who knew Larouche are in mourning. If you or someone you know is in grief contact Brock University’s personal counselling services. They are one of the three student-focused services provided by the Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre and can help with various issues, and coping strategies. If you feel the need to speak to someone about your mental health, or any growing concerns it can be helpful to talk to someone who is a trained professional. They can be contacted for free at their 24-hour phone line here: 1-866-925-5454. The Brock Press offers our condolences to the Larouche family.