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A University of Kentucky student died in South Korea on Halloween, the school said

University of Kentucky student Ann Giske was among more than 150 people killed when a the huge Halloween party crowd grew in a narrow alley in a nightlife district in Seoul, South Korea, the school said Sunday.

Giske studied junior nursing, This was stated by the president of the University of Kentucky, Eli Capiluta in a letter to the community. Giske was from Northern Kentucky and studied abroad in South Korea for a semester, Capiluta said.

Two other British students and a teacher in South Korea are safe, Capiluta also said.

Crowds during the Halloween festival in Seoul
A man bows after paying his respects near the stampede site during Halloween celebrations in Seoul, South Korea, on October 30, 2022.


CBS Lexington affiliate WKYT-TV reported that Giske was a member of the Korean Language and Culture Club of Great Britain. In a statement to WKYT, the organization said Giske “was a very kind and outgoing person. We are all sorry to hear of her loss and hope she rests in peace.”

The crowd surge was one of South Korea’s biggest disasters in recent years. As of Sunday evening, officials put the death toll at 153 and the number of injured at 133. The Ministry of Interior and Security said the death toll could rise as 37 people were injured in a critical condition.

Ninety-seven of the dead were women and 56 were men. More than 80% of the dead are in their 20s and 30s, but at least four were teenagers.

At least 20 dead are foreigners from China, Russia, Iran and other countries. Among the dead are two Americans, the US State Department said. President Biden tweeted that he and first lady Jill Biden are “devastated to learn that at least two Americans are among the many who have lost their lives in Seoul. Our hearts go out to their loved ones at this time of grief, and we continue to pray for the recovery” of all those affected.


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