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Beau Solomon, 19, from Wisconsin, was reported missing when he failed to show up for orientation at John Cabot University.
He had landed in Rome on Thursday to start a study abroad program at the university, whose campus is in the central Trastevere district, which is near the river and popular with young people.
That evening, he headed out to G-Bar near Piazza Trilussa and as last seen leaving at around 1am on Friday morning. His body was found on Monday.
Early reports said the teenager, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin Madison who survived a rare form of cancer as a child, was found wearing a bloodied shirt with a wound on his head.
Nick and Jodi Solomon, who live in Spring Green about 40 miles west of Madison, had simply warned their son about pick pocketing while he was abroad.
When they asked for updates from their son after he arrived in Italy on Thursday, he wrote: 'Everything's so pretty, it's so beautiful.'
His older brother Cole said he was 'the most responsible kid ever' and said surviving cancer had contributed to his incredible grit.
‘He had over 15 to 20 procedures growing up throughout his life and was able to overcome all of that and still became a phenomenal high school athlete,' Cole told WKOW.
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