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Classes Cancelled Friday After Tragedy in Depot District

November 09, 2012

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 (1:00 p.m.) — UPDATE — Three Earlham College students were struck by a train early on Friday, Nov. 9. 2012 in Richmond's Depot District. One student was killed immediately. Two others were transported to Reid Hospital and were subsequently airlifted to Miami Valley Hospital. The deceased student is senior Therese Heymann of Burlingame, CA.

The injured students are sophomore Lenore Edwards and senior Graham Nissen. 

Earlham has suspended classes for the day in light of the tragedy. In addition the following campus events have been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date:

  • The Concert Choir performance originally scheduled on Friday, Nov. 9
  • The Sat., Nov. 10 Artist and Lecture Series event featuring Coco Fusco, and
  • The Fall Chamber Music Concert on Sun., Nov. 11.

Additionally, Earlham's cross country teams will not make their scheduled trip to the NCAA Great Lakes Regional meet at Anderson University on Saturday. The football game, scheduled for Saturday at Rose-Hulman, has been cancelled.

“This is one of the worst scenarios we can imagine,” said Earlham President David Dawson. “This is a very tightly knit community and tragedies such at this affect us all very deeply. We want to ensure that our students’ spiritual — as well as physical — needs are met at a time of deep sorrow such as this.

“We have opened Stout Meetinghouse and the Dining Hall as places were students and faculty can gather. The full resources of our counseling center and offices of religious life and student development are available for students.”

In a message to the College community sent earlier today, Dawson noted, “I am heartened by the great compassion within our community, even in grief, and want to encourage you to reach out to one another during this very difficult time.”

The College offers its deepest condolences to the families and friends of the deceased. We ask that everyone hold the entire Earlham community in the light at this time.

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