This is William Cullen Klein, 19, he was killed Friday in an accident in Tianjin, China.
Klein, who grew up in Melbourne Beach, was a student attending Florida State University. He was in China participating in a six-week Chinese language studies program.
His father, veterinarian William Klein, owner of Pine Castle Animal Hospital in Orlando, said Chinese police reports indicate that his son had been on the roof of his dormitory to view the nighttime skyline; he lost his footing while trying to climb to a higher location on the roof, Local 6 News partner Florida Today reported.
Klein planned to graduate FSU this summer with highest honors, majoring in Chinese and Spanish and minoring in French and Arabic. He had gone on Jesuit retreats with his father and recently was on a mission to Haiti.
“He was incredibly driven,” said his father. “He was such a role model.”
His father, who lives in Melbourne Beach, said he and Klein’s mother have been receiving numerous calls and messages stating what a positive influence Klein had been.
RIP Cullen Babe, I honestly miss you, you were such a great person <3