Tragic news out of Princeton: Graduate student Bill Zeller died in a hospital yesterday from injuries sustained in a suicide attempt this past weekend at his home near campus.
We offer our condolences to all of Zeller’s friends and family.
According to Princeton University’s website,
A native of Middletown, Conn., Zeller was pursuing a doctoral degree in computer science, having earned his master’s degree from Princeton in 2008. He received his bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in 2006. He was active in the Graduate Student Government and participated in an influential technology blog, among other activities.
The University will host a memorial service on campus on January 15that 2 pm “in the Garden Room of Prospect House with a reception immediately afterward. The service is open to members of the Princeton University campus community and Zeller’s family and friends.”
In addition, counseling services have been made available and will continue to be made available to the whole Princeton community.
For more information concerning counseling support and specifics for the memorial service, please refer to the University’s statement.
All acts of suicide are tragedies to every single individual and institution involved and to the greater Ivy League community. Although the factors involved in suicide vary in each case, one way to avoid hurting yourself is talking to others. Friends, families, doctors, and university officials are all open to hear your concerns and problems.
Our tipster informed us that Zeller published a suicide note on his Facebook profile where he details “his decision to end his life, stemming from being sexually abused as a child.” At the end of his note, Zeller encouraged that the letter be republished and never erased. He wrote,
Please save this letter and repost it if gets deleted. I don’t want people to wonder why I did this. I disseminated it more widely than I might have otherwise because I’m worried that my family might try to restrict access to it. I don’t mind if this letter is made public. In fact, I’d prefer it be made public to people being unable to read it and drawing their own conclusions.
Feel free to republish this letter, but only if it is reproduced in its entirety.
Although we are not certain whether Zeller’s accusations are true, these are his opinions and justifications. Fulfilling his wishes, IvyGate has the letter available after the jump.