MBTA police name BU freshman fatally struck by train

Authorities released his name Wednesday morning

Superintendent Richard Sullivan of the MBTA Transit Police has now identified the name of the BU freshman who was struck by a commuter rail train late Tuesday, September 6th.

His name was Xianhu Chen and he was 17-years-old when he arrived on campus from China.

The family has been informed according to Sullivan who said they flew in from China to identify the freshmen’s body Wednesday morning.

BU students have not yet received an email from Dean Elmore with the recent information.

It has also been reported that in 2005, two other BU students were killed by a commuter train not far from where Chen was struck.

Last week, an email was sent out urging students to let their parents know they are safe. Dean Elmore also said “The University’s thoughts and prayers are with the student’s family.”

This tragedy has shook the entire BU community as we mourn the loss of a fellow Terrier.

We keep Chen, his family and his loved ones in our hearts, and advise everyone to be caution while maneuvering through the busy Boston city.

The University also reminds students about support available on campus.

Counseling support is available for students, faculty, and staff and can be reached at the following: Marsh Chapel chaplains can be reached at 617-353-3560. Behavioral Medicine providers at Student Health Services can be reached at 617-353-3569. Sexual Assault Response & Prevention Center (SARP) counselors can be reached at 617-353-SARP (7277). Counseling is also available for faculty and staff through the Faculty & Staff Assistance Office, 617-353-5381. Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders is at 617-353-9610.

Stay safe Terriers.