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Murder suspected after body of UW-Madison student pulled from Rome river

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The University of Wisconsin-Madison is mourning the death of one of its students, whose body was found in the Tiber River in Rome.

NBC News reports 19-year-old Beau Solomon had been in the Italian capital for just hours when he went missing, having arrived in the city to study at the John Cabot University as a visiting student.

He was reported missing by his roommate, and was last seen in a bar at around 1 a.m. Friday, before his body was pulled from the river on Monday.

He had a head wound and blood on his shirt, and police are treating his death as a suspected murder; they've arrested a homeless man in connection with it, the New York Times reports.

University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said in a statement Tuesday: "All of us at UW–Madison are greatly saddened by this loss.

Blank called him "a bright and caring young man who lived the Wisconsin Idea through his work at Badger Boys State and his desire to travel and experience other cultures."

She added: "Our hearts go out to Beau’s family and friends at this difficult time. UW–Madison is working with John Cabot University and with American and Italian authorities to assist Beau’s family and to support the investigation into his death."

Solomon had just completed his first year of study as a personal finance major at UW's School of Human Ecology. He is from Spring Green, Wisconsin, and previously studied at Southwest Wisconsin Technical College.

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