Kent Student Confirmed Dead In Nepal

The family of a student from Kent, missing since the earthquake, has confirmed he died in the disaster.

Matt Carapiet, 23, was trekking in Nepal during a year out from his architecture studies.

Writing on the 'Bring Matt Carapiet Home' Facebook site his family said: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm that Matt passed away in the earthquake on April 25."

The family say Matt was a much-loved son, brother, grandson and nephew. "He also had a caring group of friends, who all have precious memories of how kind, happy, creative and brilliant he was. He made a huge impression on the lives of everyone he met."

Matt was touring Asia in a gap year before planning to continue his architecture studies in the autumn. He had been trekking in Nepal for two weeks before the earthquake.

The family say they are very grateful to everyone who has prayed for Matt and who put so much effort into spreading his picture and helping to find him.

They said: "We would like to ask for privacy at this difficult time but we will post a tribute to Matt in the coming days."

Friends have been posting tributes to Matt on Facebook. One read: "Matt was an incredible person in so many ways - always kind, caring and inspiring yet modest despite his brilliance."

Another said: "Matt was a wonderful person, full of talents with the sweetest heart."

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