Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Recent UA Grad Identified as Victim in Mass Shooting

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click to enlarge Duarte graduated from the University of Arizona in May 2017 - UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA CHAPTER OF SIGMA KAPPA
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  • Duarte graduated from the University of Arizona in May 2017
Christiana Duarte, a recent graduate from the University of Arizona, has been identified as one of the victims of the mass shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night.

Duarte, who graduated in May 2017 with a degree in communications from the Eller College of Management, was reported missing early on Monday. She attended the Route 91 Music Festival with a friend Sunday night. According to social media posts from friends and family, Duarte did not have her cell phone or ID with her prior to the shooting.

She was working as a fans service associate for the L.A. Kings at the time.

Duarte was a Sigma Kappa, Zeta Omicron chapter alumna. Friends have extended their condolences through messages on social media.

Matt Lubisich, the UA student body president, wrote on Facebook Tuesday evening, "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Christiana Duarte. Her death is a tragic loss for the students, faculty and staff who knew her best. At this moment, we offer our sincerest condolences to her family and ask that everyone respect their privacy."

Lubisich then extended links to services for students who might seek assistance from the university, and counseling and psychiatric services at the university campus health center.

The Robert C. Robbins, the President of the University of Arizona released an official statement on Duarte's death Tuesday afternoon:

"All of us in the University of Arizona community are saddened that Christiana Duarte, one of our graduates from this past May, is among the victims from Las Vegas on Sunday night."

"Staff in our Dean of Students office and Life & Work Connections are reaching out to those who knew her, including her sorority sisters in Sigma Kappa."

"This attack is a terrible tragedy for hundreds of families, and it is a shocking and horrific event for all of us. I know I speak for the UA community in expressing our deepest condolences to Christiana's family and in asking for their privacy to be respected." UA President Robert Robbins said in a release to the UA community.

The University of Arizona staff is reaching out to students who knew Duarte and her sorority sisters in Sigma Kappa.

A GoFundMe page has been created to raise money for Duarte's memorial by a friend.

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