Photojournalism student killed in bicycle accident wrote his own obit in September

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.”

Christopher Weigl

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)

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