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Somers Student Confirmed Dead in Haiti
The U.S. Department of State has notified the family of Stephanie Crispinelli, a sophomore from Somers, that she was among those killed in the January 12th earthquake in Haiti.
Lynn University President Kevin M. Ross issued a statement today saying "I am deeply saddened to learn about the loss of Stephanie. She had a real passion for serving others. Upon returning home from the Journey for Hope trip in Jamaica in January 2009, she began collecting sneakers and sports equipment to send back to the island, that -- after meeting orphans there who played soccer without shoes or equipment. This was the type of young lady she was. We are so proud to have known her."
He says Lynn University is planning to hold a campus memorial within the next few weeks for those students and faculty killed in Haiti.
Crispinelli graduated Somers High School in 2008. She was among a group of twelve Lynn University students who went to Haiti the day before the earthquake for a trip dubbed "the Journey of Hope." All were staying at the Hotel Montana, the same hotel where Westchester missionary Clinton Rabb was injured. He later died of his injuries.
Eight students from Lynn University survived the quake.
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