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Deaths of two students in a week leave UB community grieving

Two UB students have died in the last week, spreading grief among faculty, staff and students.

The two unrelated deaths came three days apart – one at the North Campus and one at the South Campus – and do not appear to involve foul play.

Paul Englert Jr., was found unresponsive at 2 p.m. Sept. 19 during an engineering class in Knox Lecture Hall on the North Campus in Amherst.

The 19-year-old sophomore engineering major was rushed to Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, where he died of natural causes. The specific nature of his death was unclear. He graduated from St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute before attending UB.

The second student died three days later at an off-campus house across from the South Campus.

Nicholas Arieno, 18, of Rochester, was found unresponsive by friends Sunday in the Winspear Avenue flat at about 12:30 a.m. An autopsy conducted Monday on Arieno has been classified by the Erie County Medical Examiner’s Office as “investigation pending,” meaning the cause of death is inconclusive, Buffalo police spokesman Michael J. DeGeorge said.

Toxicology tests are being conducted on the freshman that may help determine how he died, but police do not suspect foul play.

“The deaths of the two students are tragic and a shock to the university community,” Dennis Black, vice president for university life and services, said in a statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the students’ families and friends. We are in contact with the families and are providing whatever assistance we can.”

“We unfortunately lose over a dozen students a year to various causes, many natural,” Black continued. “This is difficult for us, but much more of a tragedy for families.”