*An event that was supposed to be fun has ended in the death of one of its participants. Now an entire college is mourning the loss of Caitlin Nelson, a popular 20-year old that attended Sacred Heart University in Hartford Connecticut.
This is not the first atrocity this family has suffered. Caitlin’s dad, James Nelson, was a victim of the September 11 attacks on America.
“It’s a tragic event that started out as something fun,” said Fairfield police Lt. Bob Kalamaras.”It was just a tragic accident.”
Caitlin passed away at a New York City hospital three days after participating in the contest where two nursing students, joined by the authorities, rushed to her aid after she began choking, according to Lt. Kalamaras.
The AP states, she was taken to a hospital in Bridgeport in critical but stable condition and transferred on Friday to New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center.
On Sunday several thousand people gathered on the university campus for a special mass, followed by a vigil for the Kappa Delta sorority member.
Caitlin’s dad was a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey police officer who was killed while attempting to rescue others during the attacks on America on September 11.
Our sincere condolences to Caitlin’s family and friends.