(NEW YORK) — A senior from the University of Virginia was bludgeoned to death by a boat propeller while swimming off the coast of Dominica in the Caribbean.
Casey Schulman, 22, of Falls Church, Va., was on a recreational snorkeling trip not organized by her study abroad program when she was hit, according to a statement from the program.
The University of Virginia released a series of statements about Schulman’s death, noting that she was a well-known student on campus who was immersed in international studies. She was also part of the Alpha Phi sorority.
“Casey Schulman’s death is a cause of much sadness at the university. She was an exceptionally bright light, both in and outside the classroom, and she will long be remembered as a vibrant member of our community,” said Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer Patricia Lampkin. “We must gather together as family to support each other in our grief and to commemorate Casey’s memory.”
A prayer vigil was also held Sunday on the University of Virginia campus, and a memorial service is being planned, according to the school. Grief counseling is available for students at the school.
The Schulman family did not return calls for comment Monday.
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