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University of Kentucky student dies in Seoul on Halloween | WGN 720 Radio

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A University of Kentucky student studying in South Korea was among more than 150 people killed when a huge crowd of Halloween partygoers stormed a narrow alley in a Seoul nightlife district, the school said in Sunday.

Ann Giske, a nursing student from Northern Kentucky, was killed in a mob attack in Seoul’s Itaewon neighborhood Saturday night, University of Kentucky President Eli Capiluto said in a statement posted on the school’s website.

Giske studied in South Korea this semester in an education abroad program, Capiluta said. Two other students and a faculty member are also at the university, but they have been contacted and are safe, he said.

“We have been in contact with Anne’s family and will offer all the support we can – now and in the coming days – as they cope with this indescribable loss,” the statement said.

The university is located in Lexington, Kentucky. The school has offered online and telephone resources for students experiencing grief, including the services of a mental health practitioner. Almost 80 students from South Korea are studying at the university, according to the report.

“As a community, it’s a sacred responsibility we have to fulfill to be there for each other in moments of pure joy and in moments of deep sadness,” Capiluta said. “That’s what compassionate communities do.”

It remained unclear what prompted the crowd to rush into the alley, and authorities promised a thorough investigation. Witnesses said people fell on top of each other “like dominoes” and some victims were bleeding from the nose and mouth during CPR.


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