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Entire Gannon Community Mourns Loss of Student

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News of Abrielle Brynda's death rippled through the Gannon University Campus.

 Students are mourning and Gannon officials are trying to help them through their grief but it's not easy, with so many unanswered questions.

 Abbie was a member of the Tri Sigma sorority.  She leaves behind a tight knit group of sisters who can't understand how something like this happened.

 "They're heartbroken, you know, and they have a lot of questions," said Tri Sigma sorority advisor, Jane Dorler.   "They have a lot of support here with the University, the faculty, campus ministry, the clergy, other students and their friends.  It'll take time but they're going to get through it."

Saturday night, the University sent campus ministry counselors to the Tri Sigma house where Abbie lived.

 "We had counseling services started up last night, campus ministry was here, not only with the students but with Abbie's family," said Gannon University President, Keith Taylor.  "The counseling services were here and will continue today and going forward for the next several weeks."

 Hundreds of Abbie's peers attended mass Sunday morning.  President Taylor says the entire Gannon community is reaching out.

"We've gotten calls from alum, calls from our board, calls from members of the community, reaching out for support."

 Students wore purple today in honor of Abbie's Tri Sigma sisterhood.

 "She is, as all of our students are, a tremendous piece of our Gannon community and our Gannon family.  She is a shining star and will be missed," said Taylor.

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