Wyoming Catholic College is mourning the death of Christine Allen, 19, who had just completed her freshman year at the College. She was tragically killed on May 7 while returning with her parents to their home in San Luis Obispo, California.
According to The Tribune, Allen died as a result of a rock slide while camping with her family at Kane Creek in southeastern Utah:
Allen was climbing a wall about 8 p.m. when she sat on a large sandstone rock about 15 feet in diameter... The face of the rock broke from the wall, taking Allen and several rocks with it. She fell approximately 20 feet in the slide, and other, smaller rocks fell on her, inflicting severe internal and external injuries to her abdomen and pelvis.
...WIth just 116 students, the tight-knit community of Wyoming Catholic College has been "hard hit" by the loss of Allen, said Jeremy Holmes, academic dean of the school.
Holmes, who taught Allen during a theology course in the fall, described her as popular, sweet and gentle.
“It was impossible not to like her,” said Holmes. She wrote her term paper on the meaning and value of suffering.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy,” said Rev. Robert Cook, President of WCC. “We do not know all of the details at this point, but we are working to find out all that we can. Our College Chaplain, Monsignor Dan Seiker, who is currently near the area of the accident, will provide immediate support to the Allen family.”
“Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with the Allen family, and we ask you to keep them in your prayers.”
A Mass was offered for Christine and her family yesterday at Holy Rosary Catholic Parish, in Lander, Wyoming.
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