Body Found In Deep River Pond -- Courant.com

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The body of a Stamford man who apparently drowned in a local pond early Tuesday morning has been found, state police said.
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Anndreya williams

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#60
Jul 10, 2007
 
im sorry that he had drowned but oh my god i should of dated him if he was my age iam so happy for him thats incredible to do in college get 276 credits in the four years
James Zipadelli

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#61
Jul 10, 2007
 
Devin was a pleasure to know. He was funny and down to earth, despite his massive courseload. I was always amazed at how much he accomplished in such a short period of time. Devin, you will be missed.

James Zipadelli
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#62
Jul 10, 2007
 
Gloria CT-Expatriate wrote:
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'God' than has a very warped sense of values if 'He' let this amazing young man achieve so much and give so much joy and satisfaction and then ripped him away from that life and that mother who will grieve unabated FOREVER.
Oh yeah:'God bless' him.
GOD did NOT do this!!!!

John 10:10-11 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Yea

Hartford, CT

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#63
Jul 10, 2007
 
I want to know if foul play has been ruled out. I don't think he went swimming by himself. I bet it was some jealous "friend" who dared him to swim in the quarry and took advantage of the situation to take his life.....something about this whole story doesn't seem right, can't wait to find out the missing pieces
Awally

Fitchburg, MA

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#64
Jul 11, 2007
 
Sadly, Devin's mother was on the news last night wondering why her son was in that quarry. He didn't swim.

Considering his education and seemingly limitless talent, this website's editors took down my post saying there was a lack of common sense here.

Life has many tragic events. The loss of any one diminishes the whole as John Donne said. Sadly, young people die before their time, many for no other reason than that they were simply standing on their front porch, or riding a bicycle, or laying in their bedroom watching TV. In cities, in suburbs, in small towns it doesn't matter. We call it fate, bad luck or chance that brought some lead bullet, or runaway car or argument their way as if life was full of cloudless skies and lightning bolts.

We have to stop accepting that explanation. Like the fiber-optic costumes Devin made, every light has a source, an explanation for arriving at the moment it did along the avenue it took. So that is why we should consider Devin's drowning, which some call 'an accident' and others an 'act of God,' a sign of something changeable, not as some fault in the universe. No, this might not have been criminal, but that is not to say it was not a crime against the shared values of our culture and society. As it should be - whenever we are diminished by the loss of those who embody what is cherished and held dear.

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Marlboro, NJ

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#65
Jul 11, 2007
 
Steve wrote:
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While I do not personally condone swimming in quarries either in daylight or at nighttime, I am not sure it is up to us to decide (without more facts) what occurred here. Has foul play been ruled out? I'm guessing you are just trying to be a smart a** and get a rise out of people. At least I am willing to think you are not as callous as to truly mean what you wrote.
You know Steve... pay that simple person no mind. That was an ignorant statement they made... shame on them.

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Since: May 07

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#66
Jul 11, 2007
 
I heard of a young man that drowned from Stamford yesterday, and this morning realized who in fact it was that had lost his life. While I am not saying that someone who has achieved less than Devin,(Most of us), would not be greatly missed, I will say it is a far more impacting to lose not just a great inspiration, a great scholar, an over-comer, an over achiever, but most importantly in my eyes, he was an African American. Transcending the views that Black people are not capable. Wrong... Devin was a shining example. I never knew him personally, but I have read about him and I feel a great sense of loss today. My prayers and thoughts go out to his family.

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Since: May 07

Marlboro, NJ

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#67
Jul 11, 2007
 
Yea wrote:
I want to know if foul play has been ruled out. I don't think he went swimming by himself. I bet it was some jealous "friend" who dared him to swim in the quarry and took advantage of the situation to take his life.....something about this whole story doesn't seem right, can't wait to find out the missing pieces
I have to say YEA that I feel rather suspicious as well about this... and I regret to say I agree.
It would be apalling to think there was any foul play, but as we all know people can do things to others out of jealousy... I hope there is a thorough investigation. I heard the police already have ascertained that this death was ruled as an accident. How can any one investigator come to a conclusion that quickly? If there were autopsies on the family that drowned in the van in Beardsley Zoo pond, than I hope there would be more of an investigation here in this case. Sorry if I have offended anyone, but I feel his life was just to important to just guess upon. I know I am not the only one who feels uneasy about this.
Kim

Wallingford, CT

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#68
Jul 11, 2007
 
I did not know him personally, but I was very inspired by his accomplishments...God be with his Family and Friends....R.I.P. Devin!
Alexander Zavras

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#69
Jul 11, 2007
 
I know a lot of people are suspecting foul play, which is understandable considering the situation and when it occurred, but as someone who knew him personally and the people he was with last night, I have to emphatically say that it's absolutely inconceivable that any of them would have willingly let this happen to him. Please trust me on this. I can't even imagine how this must be affecting them right now, the shame and guilt they must be feeling. I honestly believe this was nothing more than a terrible, terrible accident, and it's a shame because he was one of the very best people I have ever known. I've never meant it more when I say that he was truly one of those special type of people that come along once in a lifetime.
Steve

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#70
Jul 11, 2007
 
A little annoyed that "offensive" posts have been removed from this site. Sure, some of the comments have been callous, but not sure why non-profanity posts have to be removed from any forum like this. Can't we just read over them or comment to that person that we do not like their comments. No need to remove them; let the forum users decide whether we respond them. Less Stalin, more Patrick Henry please.
Lizz

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#71
Jul 11, 2007
 
Anyone who ever met Devin, loved him. I do not know of any person who disliked him...at all. Even if they only met him once, he stuck in their minds in only positive ways. How many people can you honestly say you know like that? He had such an impact on so many people but better yet he loved us all. He was always trying to help everyone else and could always make me smile any day of the week. I agree with Alex when he says "it's absolutely inconceivable that any of them would have willingly let this happen to him." I won't even comment on all the other posts on here because you obviously do not care. Just because you didn't know the people involved, doesn't mean you can't show some respect. Devin, words cannot describe. My heart goes out to his family and anyone who was ever touched by him like I was.
Nickia Baker

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#72
Jul 12, 2007
 
Wow! This is a very tragic,tragic, situation. I knew of Devin, but I knew his brother Roy well. I'm truly shocked by Devin's death. I must say he has truly accomplished a lot of great acheivements. My thoughts and prayers go out to his entire family.

With that being said I also knew wasn't a swimmer. I think that there should be a thorough inverstigation, putting him in the ground 4 days later is a mighty fast way to try and get rid of any evidence of foul play...
Bri

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#73
Jul 12, 2007
 
I am so deeply shocked by this horrific incident. Just two months ago I read Devin's story on the UConn homepage and was so utterly inspired; every where I went that day I told people about the story I'd read about this amazing guy. Without knowing him, he still managed to have such a deep impact on my life and academic career. I just don't even know how to process such news and I can't imagine what his family and friends are going through right now. He was truly something special.

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#74
Jul 13, 2007
 
Steve wrote:
A little annoyed that "offensive" posts have been removed from this site. Sure, some of the comments have been callous, but not sure why non-profanity posts have to be removed from any forum like this. Can't we just read over them or comment to that person that we do not like their comments. No need to remove them; let the forum users decide whether we respond them. Less Stalin, more Patrick Henry please.
Steve, I agree with you. I actually signed on to be an editor of a page, and then realized some of my posts were not posted. I stepped down and I will be getting my own blog, without the monitoring. But this should be in a different post, since this one is to honor the memory of a very special young man... Devin Gaines. He will be missed.
Awally

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#75
Jul 13, 2007
 
Fill in the quarries before Connecticut allows another development or housing tower to revitalize Hartford and retain Connecticut's youth. Now, that would be 'smart growth.' Quarry swimming and diving are robbing us of our most adventurous young people. With Devin's passing we can kiss goodbye to a brilliant young rising Connecticut star.
A tragedy.
I also would like to chide the editor's of this page for deleting even more posts: Comments 49, 53, 54, 57, 59 will never see the light of day. Why are you doing this? Do you think you are protecting us? Or is it all about liability for the Hartford Courant and Tribune?
NOREEN ISTCHENKO

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#76
Jul 17, 2007
 
nothing is more sad than when a child dies before his or her parents. It is not meant to be. May GOD IN HIS INFINITE WISDOM,BRING PEACE AND HEALING,IN TIME TO HIS MOTHER. wITH MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY, JUST ANOTHER MOTHER.
MAM

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#77
Jul 18, 2007
 
I didn't know him very well, but he seemed like a pretty cool person when I would see him around campus. I'm completely shocked and saddened by this life being taken away so abruptly. God bless his family. I don't even want to begin to think about the amount of heartache they are experiencing right now.
R.I.P.

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