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Eckerd Faculty scholar critically injured in campus accident simply earlier than commencement



ST. PETERSBURG — An Eckerd Faculty scholar fell from a ladder on campus within the hours earlier than her commencement ceremony and remained hospitalized Wednesday with important head trauma.

Chicago native Rebecca Ryan Lavin-Burgher, generally known as Becca on campus and RyRy to family members, was set to graduate with a sociology diploma at Sunday morning’s graduation.

As a substitute, emergency providers had been known as to Bininger Theater at 5:27 a.m. Preliminary experiences point out that Lavin-Burgher fell from a ladder contained in the constructing, St. Petersburg Police spokeswoman Sandra Bentil mentioned.

“It was an accident,” Bentil mentioned.

Most college students had already left campus for the summer season, and those that remained had been largely seniors awaiting their remaining day of celebration.

“It’s simply completely heartbreaking,” mentioned Dean of College Suzan Harrison. “I’ve to confess it is vitally tough to think about anything, despite the fact that graduation is a joyful event for a lot of the different college students right here.”

Lavin-Burgher stays at Bayfront Well being St. Petersburg, a nurse there mentioned.

Professors, directors and college students have been visiting Lavin-Burgher, the dean mentioned. One informed Harrison that Lavin-Burgher was “a star.”

“She was described by her college as simply having a beautiful vivacious character, very brilliant and captivated with her research,” Harrison mentioned.

She had a full circle of mates, Harrison mentioned, and was described as the primary feminine DJ to carry out on the campus’s South Seashore.

Lavin-Burgher’s household and mates have arrange a GoFundMe account, which exceeded its $10,000 aim in lower than a day.

“The brightest sparkle, all those that met or knew of RyRy, knew what a profound affect she had on the world round her,” the account mentioned. “She lived for her folks; her mates, her household, her group. … Her moms and sister recognize the humbling help they’ve acquired from all the lovely and highly effective communities of which Rebecca was an element.”

An replace posted by her sister, Sarah Lavin, on Wednesday thanked donors for his or her overwhelming contributions: “It speaks to Rebecca’s infectious pleasure and the sunshine she unfold as she pranced by way of the world.”

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