Boyfriend Facing Charges in Death of Yale Graduate Marina Keegan

Michael Gocksch, a 22-year-old Yale graduate from Centerport, NY is facing charges for the death of his girlfriend Marina Keegan, The Huffington Post reports.

Gocksch reportedly has been summoned for a hearing in Massachusetts for charges that include motor vehicle homicide by reckless operation.

Keegan, 22, was pronounced dead at the scene of a route 6 traffic accident in Dennis, Mass after Gocksch lost control of their vehicle. Gocksch was transported to Cape Cod Hospital in Hyannis and treated for minor injuries, according to The Boston Globe.

Keegan was a talented writer whose column “Another View: The Science and Strategy of College Recruiting” appeared in The New York Times’ The Deal Book. Keegan’s final Yale Daily News column “The Opposite of Loneliness” has gone viral since her untimely death.

Keegan was very active on her college campus. A member of the College Democrats, she helped start Occupy Morgan Stanley, a protest group that challenged campus recruiting.

Her group once gathered outside an information session held by Morgan Stanley and chanted slogans like “Take a stance, don’t go into finance,” according to The New York Times.

Keegan, a playwright, co-wrote the musical “Independents,” which will premier at the New York Fringe Festival this summer, according to the New York Times. Keenan planned to work as an assistant at The New Yorker magazine.

In her viral column “The Opposite of Loneliness,” Keegan stressed to fellow classmates to cherish their youth.

“We’re so young. We’re so young. We’re twenty-two years old. We have so much time,” she said. “There’s this sentiment I sometimes sense, creeping in our collective conscious as we lay alone after a party, or pack up our books when we give in and go out – that it is somehow too late. That others are somehow ahead. More accomplished, more specialized. More on the path to somehow saving the world, somehow creating or inventing or improving. That it’s too late now to BEGIN a beginning and we must settle for continuance, for commencement.”

“What we have to remember is that we can still do anything. We can change our minds. We can start over,” she said. “Get a post-bac or try writing for the first time. The notion that it’s too late to do anything is comical. It’s hilarious. We’re graduating college. We’re so young. We can’t, we MUST not lose this sense of possibility because in the end, it’s all we have.”

Friends and Family Bid Farewell to Keegan

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