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President Lester A. Lefton's Statement Regarding Christopher Kernich

Posted Nov, 21, 2009

"The university community is deeply saddened to learn about the untimely death of one of our students. Christopher Kernich, a junior studying pre-business management, has died at the age of 23. The entire Kent State community sends our heartfelt condolences to Chris' family. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.  Losing a loved one is never easy, particularly if it is a result of a senseless tragedy.

Chris' death is a tragic reminder that violence, whether provoked or unprovoked, regardless of the reason, is never the answer. May we learn something from this incident, for our own sake and in Chris' memory."

Counseling is available at Kent State's Counseling and Human Development Center, which provides free services to Kent State students, staff and faculty. The center's phone number is 330-672-2208.

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Media Contact: Tom Neumann (216) 695-0554