Dr. Ronald P. Rogers
Support for your body's natural healing capabilities
Click here for details
Click here for information
What's Going On
Columbia Gas Dept.
GAS LEAK or GAS SMELL
24 hrs/ 365 days
270-384-2006 or 9-1-1
Call before you dig
Directory of Churches
phone numbers and more
for churches in Adair County
Find Great Stuff in
Antiques, Help Wanted,
Autos, Real Estate,
Legal Notices, More...
Death of student leaves LWC community in mourning
By Venus Popplewell
The Lindsey Wilson College community is mourning the death of a freshman student-athlete after she was found dead in her dorm room early Thursday morning.
Mercedes Smith, 18, a communication freshman and member of the LWC track and field team from Cincinnati, OH, was found unresponsive in her room in McCandless Hall, 220 Holloway Drive.
"We were deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mercedes," said Lindsey Wilson President William T. Luckey Jr. "Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, friends and teammates and the entire LWC community during this incredibly difficult time."
LWC track and field head coach Jamaine Gordon said Smith had a vibrant personality that lit up the room.
"Mercedes was a good-spirited person who showed promise in her future," said Gordon. "She was a fun and loving person and everyone enjoyed being around her. She will be truly missed."
Vice President of Student Services and Enrollment Management Dean Adams says the college is providing a number of resources for students who wish to seek counseling.
"Anytime you learn of the death in a community, it's a shock," said Adams. "Everybody is going to deal with this in their own way. There is no right way or no wrong way - but we will be solely focused on supporting those who loved her. "
Counseling services for students and the entire LWC community are available by calling 270-384-7484 or contacting campus ministries at 270-384-8144.
A campus vigil will be planned to honor the memory of Smith. Funeral arrangements are still pending. A GoFundMe account has been created for the family of Mercedes Smith. Contributions can be made at gofundme.com.
This story was posted on 2017-04-20 13:24:47
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.
More articles from topic Lindsey Wilson College:
Earth Day 'Vegetable Garden' Plant Sale at LWC
LWC entrepreneurship center names Business Concept winners
LWC Honors Faculty & Staff for Dedication to College's Mission
LWC Business students earn statewide recognition
Kosair Charities donates $400,000 To Lindsey Wilson College
Zac Lawson awarded 2nd place at Idea State U Regional at LWC
LWC to Host Regional Business Concept Competition
LWC women's basketball v Central Methodist in NAIA 2nd round
LWC Nursing Program hosts simulation event
Columbia Rotary donates $4,000 for scholarships at LWC
View even more articles in topic Lindsey Wilson College
Bank of Columbia
The Best of
Local Stories of
The Greatest Generation
Order Book or e-Book
See who's celebrating
Birthdays and Anniversaries
Special Events List
Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.