Three deaths in one year shake campus

Cardinal & Cream

The passing of Olivia Greenlee, senior music education major, is the third death in the Union community since September.

Leighton Williams, senior nursing major and a member of Union’s chapter of Chi Omega sorority, died in a weather-related car accident Sept. 21.

Beverly Delk, a freshman art major and a member of Union’s chapter of the Kappa Delta sorority before transferring this fall to Middle Tennessee State University, died Jan. 29 after brief complications with acute leukemia.

“I could not imagine not being surrounded by this Christian community who I know, we’re going to see Leighton, we’re going to see Olivia again, we’re going to see Beverly again when we get there,” said Hillarie Henderson, who sang with Greenlee and participated in the Union chapter of the Chi Omega sorority with Williams. “And it is an amazing feeling knowing we have that hope [that] we will see them again and I’ll get to hug them and I’ll get to love on them as much as I want.”

David Dockery, university president, said that although roughly one student has died every other year since he became president, never have any been gun-related tragedies during the president’s 18-year tenure.

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Katherine Burgess, a class of 2015 journalism alumna, is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Cardinal & Cream. Her journalism has taken her from a United Nations Tribunal to the largest maximum security prison in the United States to Capitol Hill. She is now the Education Reporter for the Jackson Sun. Follow her on Twitter @kathsburgess