Monash University, knwon for its research on several aspects of aspirin, has lost its student Kevin Alexander Soetjipto in the Air Asia plane tragedy in Indonesia.
“We express our deepest condolences to his family and friends in Australia, Indonesia and globally, and encourage members of our Monash community to utilise our counselling services if they need support at this hard time,” said the university in a statement.
Nathan Shafir from the Faculty of Business and Economics, who taught the student said: “Kevin was a very quiet young man, exceptionally polite and well-liked by his class mates. His loss will be deeply felt by all students and staff involved with his units of study at Monash and we would like to share our condolences to his family and friends.”
Randy Mikha Sampe Pajung, outgoing President of the Monash Indonesian Students Association expressed his and fellow Indonesian students’ sadness at the loss of their friend.
“This news is indeed devastating for all of us. We, as Kevin’s friends in the community, held hopes that the search would bring some hope, however we are now heartbroken at the loss of our friend. We must now pay tribute to all of those affected,” he said.