Boston University College of Communication graduate student and aspiring photojournalist Christopher Weigl was killed Thursday when his bicycle collided with a tractor-trailer.
“He was a terrific young man who would have made a spectacular photojournalist,” BU journalism professor Mitchell Zuckoff tells the Boston Globe. “He wanted to tell the human stories. He was someone who really cared deeply about people and storytelling.”
A tribute to Weigl in the Community Advocate, which used the student as a contributor, says “he was curious by nature, and so affable people would open up to him, and he had an ‘eye’ which allowed him to artfully capture a subject or event with his camera.
“His family has lost someone irreplaceable and journalism has lost a sure-to-be shining star.”
The 23-year-old man wrote his own obit three months ago for a class assignment, and joked in the piece that he “passed away September 5 after protracted complications stemming from obituary writing.” He got serious:
An avid outdoorsman, Christopher obtained the rank of Eagle Scout at age 14 and remained an active member of Boy Scout Troop 1 till his 18th birthday.
In addition to scouting, Christopher was an accomplished clarinet player throughout his years of schooling, and played in a variety of ensembles including the Central District Band and Orchestra, MetroWest Youth Symphony Orchestra, and Worcester Youth Symphony Orchestra. …
Christopher leaves his parents, Bonnie and Andy Weigl, his brother Dustin, and cat Ivy.
Weigl tweeted on Tuesday: “Heading to Cuba next semester with Essdras Suarez! And just got an internship at Harvard University Press! A good day.”
* “Incredibly well-liked” BU student killed in bicycle accident (boston.com)
* Brian McGrory: BU student wrote his obit in September (bostonglobe.com)
* “It seemed like he was born to his profession. It came so easily to him.” (bu.edu) | His twitter feed (@WeiglPhoto)