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21-year-old Indian American Student Dies Unexpectedly at Norwich University


Jeet Patel

WALLINGFORD, CT- Twenty-one-year-old Jeet Patel, who was a cadet at Norwich University, a private military college in Vermont, died suddenly March 28. (photo via Beecher and Bennett Funeral Home)

The Norwich University community was heartbroken to learn that a 21-year-old Indian American student died unexpectedly.

Jeet Patel, of Wallingford, Connecticut, was in his junior year at Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the U.S., where he was majoring in criminal justice.

“Our hearts are broken by the untimely death of our beloved student, Jeet Patel, who died suddenly and unexpectedly this morning,” Norwich University president Mark C. Anarumo wrote in a message to the school community, according to patch.com. “We ask for privacy and respect for our community and for Jeet’s family, as we mourn this tremendous loss and work to understand the cause. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Jeet’s family, friends and professors.”

According to Daphne Larkin, director of media and community affairs for Norwich, reported myrecordjournal.com, the cause of Patel’s death is under investigation by the medical examiner’s office. She noted it did not occur on the college campus.

Patel graduated from Sheehan High School in 2018.

Patel was remembered as a hard worker and model student at Sheehan and Norwich.

Frank Vanecek, vice president of student affairs at Norwich, said Patel was highly thought of by the commandant staff, noting that he was going to serve as company commander for Band Company next year, according to the report.

Patel is survived by his parents Jay and Shital, brother Yash, his grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, and friends.

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