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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

This story was posted on 2017-04-20 13:24:47
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LWC Community mourns the passing of Mercedes Smith

2017-04-20 - Columbia, KY - Photo courtesy Lindsey Wilson College. The Lindsey Wilson College community is mourning the death of freshman student-athlete and communication major, Mercedes Shaday Smith of Cincinnati, OH. She was found unresponsive in McCandless Residence Hall early Thursday morning.
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