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UVa Student Dies in Washington, DC, Saturday Evening

September 1, 2013

The University of Virginia community is mourning the death of one of its students.

Second-year student Mary Shelley Goldsmith of Abingdon, Va., died Saturday evening in Washington, D.C., according to an email sent out to faculty, staff and students.

Goldsmith was a Jefferson Scholar and involved with the Alpha Phi sorority.

On Sunday, UVa's Beta Bridge was decorated in her memory. The words, "Shelley, our shooting star" were painted over a blue backdrop. The artists left a basket of markers so others could write down messages and memories.

The email says Goldsmith died at a Washington hospital but does not provide details about what led to her death.

The university is organizing counseling services for those who seek them.


Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

It is with sadness that I report the death of Mary (Shelley) Goldsmith, a second-year student from Abingdon, Virginia. Ms. Goldsmith passed away yesterday evening in a Washington, D.C., hospital while visiting the area with UVa friends. She was a Jefferson Scholar, and among other activities was a member of Alpha Phi sorority.

Our thoughts are with Shelley's family, friends and sorority sisters at this difficult time. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

Staff members from Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) and the Office of the Dean of Students are working together to provide outreach to students most affected by Shelley's death.

If you would like support from CAPS at this time or in coming days, please do not hesitate to call 434-243-5150 (924-7004 after hours). Students may also walk in without an appointment Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additional support is available through the Office of the Dean of Students (call 434-924-7166 after hours or 924-7133 during business hours).

Patricia M. Lampkin
Vice President and Chief Student Affairs Officer

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