Community mourns loss of Saratoga Springs native

December 10, 2018 12:10 AM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The Saratoga Springs community is mourning the loss of one of its own. Scott Krulcik, 22, was found dead at work Friday evening. He worked as a software engineer at Google in New York City.

Officials have not named a cause of death. Our affiliate WNBC reported police found no signs of trauma or foul play.

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On Sunday night two of Krulcik’s teachers shared memories of the incredibly bright young man.

"It's a great loss for all of us,” James Bruchac said.

Bruchac met Krulcik when he was 8 years old. That's when Krulcik started training in Kyokushin, a form of karate.

Krulcik eventually earned his second degree black belt before heading off to college. He also got involved in at Ndakinna, a wilderness education program, and later became an instructor.

"Scott was a true warrior poet,” Bruchac said. “A martial artist, athlete, scholar, just an incredible human being, a fun person to be around even in his younger years.”

Krulcik graduated third in his class at Saratoga Springs High School in 2014. He went on to study computer science at Carnegie Mellon University. He graduated in May and began working at Google in August.

Krulcik's high school math teacher Karen Swift said he was a happy kid.

"He was always smiling, he was a true leader, the kids liked him,” Swift said. “He was mature beyond his years just really, this is just so sad to hear something like this because he was just a bright future, had a bright future coming up."

Many taking to social media to express their condolences, writing messages like, "kind soul," "passion for learning," and "gone much too soon."

Both Swift and Bruchac said Krulcik will be greatly missed, and leaves behind an incredible legacy after just 22 years of life.

"He is a perfect example of a student who can work hard and you achieve something and really set your mind to something and get there,” Swift said. “I think he's definitely an example that other students could look up to for that, absolutely."

"His name always comes up when we're talking about people we're very, very proud of that of come through our programs here and he will be very missed by us and everyone who knows him,” Bruchac said.

In addition to teaching martial arts and wilderness skills Bruchac is also an author. He said he plans to either have a dedication or storyline reflect Krulcik’s likeness in the near future.


Emily Burkhard

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