I know each of us has our favorites, young people who are so clearly going to change the world, make it better, strive and achieve. I know we're also supposed to be professionals, maintain distance, etc. But if you have blood in your veins you know that some of them just reach you differently, and you think of yourself as being bonded in some way.
And one of mine is lost forever now and I am grieving.
from the Whittier Daily News
Whittier College athlete Alyssa Sialaris was found dead Thursday night of unknown causes in her off-campus apartment, campus officials said. She was 21.
The Los Angeles County Coroner's Office has not made a determination of the cause of death, only saying that there were no visible signs of trauma.
Whittier police officials said Sialaris' roommate discovered the body in a bedroom.
"Alyssa was a bright young woman, courageous and promising - a true asset to our campus community," Whittier College President Sharon Herzberger said. "Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to her family, her close friends, and the faculty and coaches who came to know her well. She will be sorely missed by her Poet family."
Originally from San Jose, Sialaris, a senior, was majoring in kinesiology and nutrition science. She was set to graduate next month with academic distinction, college officials said in a statement.