GW student's body recovered in South Africa

19-year-old Nicholas Upton. (Photo courtesy of George Washington University)

Update: The body of missing George Washington student Nick Upton was recovered in South Africa Friday, according to officials.

George Washington University confirmed the news and released a statement Friday.

George Washington University Vice Provost and Dean of Student affairs Peter Konwerski released the following statement which said "The United States Consulate General of Cape Town, South Africa, has notified the university that the body of undergraduate student Nicholas Upton was found today, five days after he was last seen swimming off the coast of the Eastern Cape Province in South Africa. Our hearts go out to Nick's family and friends. He touched many during his time at GW, and he will be missed."

Earlier this week, students packed an auxiliary gym on the campus of George Washington University Wednesday night to attend a private vigil for Nick Upton. South African officials believe Upton drowned while swimming with friends Sunday night. The 19-year-old junior was studying abroad at the University of Cape Town.

George Washington Dean of Students Peter Konwerski said, "They asked for a time and place to gather as a community, and so the university wanted to support them in reflecting on their time with him and celebrating him."

Upton was a popular figure on campus. The Connecticut native was on the men's rowing team and belonged to a fraternity. Many of those in attendance tonight were those closest to him: teammates and fraternity brothers.

"Anytime that a tragedy like this occurs, the university pulls together and we really support each other, and that's really the reason why the community came out tonight," says Konwerski.

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