WFU Senior Aboard TWA Flight 800

Wake Forest University officials learned today that a Wake Forest student was apparently on the jetliner that crashed near Long Island Wednesday.

Matthew Alexander, a 20-year-old senior and French major, was traveling to France. He was scheduled to begin a Wake Forest study abroad program in Dijon, France, at the end of August.

The university has not received confirmation of his death.

“The Wake Forest community is deeply saddened by this tragic and senseless loss of one of our students. We grieve with the family of Matthew Alexander and extend our deepest sympathy to them and to all of the families of the crash victims,” said Sandra Boyette, vice president for public affairs.

Alexander, a resident of Florence, S.C., was a staff sergeant in the ROTC and held a four-year ROTC scholarship. For the 1995-96 academic year, he lived in the Wake Forest French house, a theme house for students interested in French language and culture.

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