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Fairport family opens home to student from Zimbabwe

Mar 18, 2020

Ben Coffey of Fairport, left, and his Hamilton College classmate, Billy Geach.
Credit Max Schulte / WXXI News

Amid all the coronavirus concerns, a friendship grows stronger.

Once Hamilton College told students not to return to the campus in Clinton, New York, about 45 minutes east of Syracuse, Billy Geach had a dilemma.

He's from Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe in Africa. Currently, COVID-19 has not been detected in Zimbabwe -- one of the reasons he's decided not to return to his home country.

So his classmate Ben Coffey and his family opened their Fairport home to Geach until he could join relatives in Texas.

The students told their story to WXXI's Max Schulte in this video: