University community mourns student death

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The Fairfield University community mourns the death of Kristen M. Duhamel '10, who passed away early this morning as a result of injuries sustained as a passenger in a car accident on the Merritt Parkway in Connecticut.

Kristen, 19, was a native of Charlestown, RI. She was a sophomore in the School of Nursing and a resident of Jogues Hall on campus.

Upon learning of Kristen's death, University President, Rev. Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., said, "Our community is deeply shaken to lose a valued member of the undergraduate student body. We invite everyone to pray for Kristen, her family, and her friends. On behalf of the University, I extend my sincerest condolences to Kristen's parents."

Students and other members of the University community gathered in Egan Chapel Saturday for a Service of Remembrance.

The Duhamel family has provided the following information regarding services for Kristen:

Calling Hours:
Wednesday, September 26th
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Stapleton Barry Holdredge Funeral Services
684 Park Avenue
Cranston, RI 02910
(401) 461-5050

Funeral Mass:
Thursday, September 27th
St. Charles Borromeo
178 Dexter Street
Providence, RI 02907
(401) 421-6441

Transportation assistance for students who wish to attend and are either unable or prefer not to drive will be available. Information will be provided no later than Tuesday.

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Media Contact: Nancy Habetz, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2647,

Posted on September 24, 2007

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