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Pope meets parents of U.S. student found dead in Rome

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VATICAN CITY — Meeting the grieving parents of a U.S. student who was found dead in Rome, Pope Francis mourned the death of the teenager, who had been set to begin a study-abroad program.

Pope Francis talks with Nick and Jodi Solomon, parents of U.S. student Beau Solomon, during a private meeting at the Vatican July 6. Solomon, a native of Spring Green, Wis., was found dead in the Tiber River in Rome July 4. A homeless man was detained as a suspect in the death. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout)
Pope Francis talks with Nick and Jodi Solomon, parents of U.S. student Beau Solomon, during a private meeting at the Vatican July 6. Solomon, a native of Spring Green, Wis., was found dead in the Tiber River in Rome July 4. A homeless man was detained as a suspect in the death. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano, handout)

Beau Solomon, 19, was found dead in the Tiber River July 4 after friends reported last seeing him early July 1.

The pope met with Nick and Jodi Solomon from Spring Green, Wisconsin, July 6, in a private audience. He expressed his “deepest sympathy and compassion” as well as his closeness to them in his prayers “for the young man who died so tragically,” according to a Vatican press release.

The student from the University of Wisconsin-Madison had arrived in Rome June 30 to study at John Cabot University. However, he disappeared less than 24 hours later after spending the evening with friends at a Rome pub, according to the Associated Press.

More than $1,000 had been charged to the student’s credit card after his disappearance, AP reported.

Italian police were investigating the cause and circumstances of his death and arrested a homeless man in connection with the case.

Solomon had survived cancer as a child, the family said.