Ninety friends and classmates from Boston College traveled to Mr. Kielt's hometown of Wyckoff, NJ, on April 6 for his funeral Mass at St. Elizabeth's Church.
"I was shocked to see how many students attended his Mass, not only from BC, but also his high school friends," said Vanessa Tramontozzi, '02, who was among the Boston College students who made the trip by car and chartered bus. "The church was packed. It's really a testament to how great a person he was."
Director of Campus Ministry James Erps, SJ, principal celebrant at the funeral, was likewise struck by the outpouring for the popular sophomore, who had been active in volunteer activities and intramural sports at BC and a standout football player at Ramapo High School.
"Brian must have been an extraordinary young man to have touched so many people's lives," he said.
Fr. Erps was among a team of Boston College chaplains and campus ministers who made themselves available around the clock to console grieving family members and friends [see related story].
"It was a phenomenally privileged experience for me as a priest and Jesuit to be there with them," he said. "Words fail you. What you have is your presence and faith to lean on.
"I prayed that God would receive Brian's soul. I think that was a prayer that was easy for God to answer."
It was the second time in two weeks that the campus was united in mourning the loss of a member of the sophomore class. Classmate Ryan Farley '03, died on March 18 after battling cancer.
The driver of the car in the early-morning accident, 20-year-old Michael Gladunov of Allston, has been charged with vehicular homicide, drunken driving, and leaving the scene of an accident.
Donations in Mr. Kielt's memory may be made to The Heights Boys and Girls Club of Boston College, care of Campus Ministry, McElroy 215, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, Mass., 02467.
-Mark Sullivan and Stephen Gawlik
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