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Greece Athena Grad dies near UB
Greece, N.Y. - The sudden death of an 18-year old Freshman at The University at Buffalo hit the Greece community hard.
Nick Arieno was a 2013 graduate of Greece Athena High School.
He was found dead Sunday afternoon in a house near UB's South Campus.
Police say no foul play is suspected but an autopsy was inconclusive.
Toxicology tests are being done to determine a cause of death.
Arieno was a successful businessman even before graduating from high school.
He and his best friend, Abhinav Garg started Fleetboard Sports, selling unique skateboards.
They were finalists in the Young Entrepreneurs Academy and shared their accomplishments and dreams with 13 WHAM News back in April.
Diane Hennekey was their teacher in the YEA Program. Hennekey said Nick Arieno was an enthusiastic student who loved life and loved to learn.
In a telephone interview from his dorm room in Pittsburgh, Arieno's best friend, Abhinav Garg became emotional talking about his best friend. He told us: "It's really a bummer to not be able to see him again...we were like two peas in a pod."
Garg said he had just spoken to Nick hours before he died. He said Nick was excited because he just pledged a fraternity and said he found a frat that didn't focus on drinking or partying.
Friends said Arieno was a diabetic but kept his illness in check. He volunteered at a camp for children with diabetes over the summer.
Arieno was also a good student and earned the highest rank in Boy Scouts, as an Eagle Scout.
Garg said as a tribute to his friend, he will continue to make and sell skateboards and make the company a success. "That was his dream." Garg told us about his friend.
Garg said Arieno was supposed to live on-campus at UB, but that he was forced to find an apartment off-campus, because of a mix-up by the school.