An 18-year-old freshman at Northeastern University died from meningitis Sunday, only hours after he was diagnosed with the condition, WHDH reported.
Ryan Shaw, from Wakefield, was reportedly pursuing a finance degree and was a recent graduate of St. John’s Prep School in Danvers, where teachers and students held a vigil in his memory Tuesday.
"Of course, when someone passed away, we always remember the good of them," St. John’s Headmaster Ed Hardiman told attendees, according to WHDH. "I don't remember anything but good for Ryan."
A memorial page was established for the Shaw family , where dozens of people left memorial messages for the young student who was an organ donor.
Ryan Shaw🙏🏾— Osagyefo (@_africanprodigy) May 10, 2016
Sending our love + prayers to the family, friends, and brothers of Ryan Shaw, whose loss we know will be felt by our entire NU community ❤️— NUpanhellenic (@NUpanhellenic) May 10, 2016
Sending our thoughts and love to the family and friends of Ryan Shaw, an NUin Program alum who will be dearly missed by the NU community.— The N.U.in Program (@TheNUinProgram) May 11, 2016
The site said it would be updated with information about funeral arrangements.
Shaw’s organs reportedly helped eight other people, according to the WHDH report. The school says there are no other known meningitis cases on the campus at this time.