Pope Francis meets with slain UW-Madison students family

Rome Italy - April 30 2016: Pope Francis on board for ships of the Pope-mobile runs through St. Peter's Square waving to the crowd around him on the occasion of the day dedicated to the jubilee of the military family and police.

The parents of slain UW-Madison student, Beau Solomon, met with Pope Francis. Beau’s body was found in a Rome’s Tiber river in Italy, less than 24 hours after arriving in the country for summer classes. The Post Crescent has more:

A brief Holy See statement said Francis expressed to Beau Solomon’s parents “feelings of deepest sympathy and compassion, and his closeness in prayer to the Lord for the young man who died so tragically.” The pope held the unscheduled, private encounter shortly before holding an audience with French pilgrims in a Vatican auditorium.

Solomon’s roommate has told school officials he last saw him early Friday at a pub popular with U.S. students in the Trastevere neighborhood of cafes, bars and restaurants near the Tiber.

The 19-year-old Solomon, who had just completed his first year of study at University of Wisconsin-Madison, had arrived in the Italian capital on Thursday for study at John Cabot University, a four-year, English-language institution not far from the pub.

Read more about the Pope’s meeting in the Post-Crescent.