Traveling Abroad? Safe?
By John Santucci:
Though we don't know yet what exactly happened to Austin Bice – the San Diego student, studying abroad in Madrid whose body was found this week – we know that this is the time for many college students to travel. Did somebody hurt him? Did he drink too much? These are all questions that won't have answers for some time.
Connor Fabiano, one of Austin's best friends, organized a Facebook group to send a team over to Madrid. “He's not this type of person,” Fabiano said. “He doesn't drink much.” Fabiano's efforts led to another of Austin's friend, Alexis Gomof, to help send a team of special agents to Madrid. It was too late.
This week, Gomof's alma mater, Hofstra University, will be holding a candle light vigil for Austin. “I can't tell you what this means to his friends and family here in San Diego to have the love and support from a community that didn't even know him,” said Gomof.
And now, we enter Spring Break. USA Today writes that some students are avoiding places like Mexico. The hot spot has been seeing a spike in violence and has thus left the Texas Department of Public Safety to advise college students to pick another place to catch the sun.
Depending on the results of an autopsy it can either have no effect on Spain or it can send college students off to another destination.