Family and friends of Karlie Hall finished off a week full of mourning as the Millersville freshman was laid to rest on Saturday.
The funeral took place on a bitter cold Valentine’s Day at the Willowdale Chapel in Kennett Square, Pa. and Valley Forge Memorial Gardens also in her hometown.
The Center for Student Leadership and Involvement (CSIL) provided students with bus transportation to the chapel Saturday morning.
This follows a somber week in and around the Millersville community. There were days of mourning, remembrance but, also, celebration of Hall’s life.
“I’m sure Karlie would like us to celebrate her life,” president John Anderson said at a candlelight vigil held Monday night.
“Don’t forget we are all family,” he said, before Student Senate president Randi Chrismer helped drape a black cloth over the Marauder statue and tied it down with a black and gold bow.
“Together, we can heal,” Chrismer said to the crowd of more than 300 students and faculty.
And, together, about one-third of that crowd walked over to Bard Hall, despite the slippery sidewalks, after the ceremony to do just that: heal.
That healing process continued throughout the week, as students and faculty celebrated the 18-year-old freshman’s life in numerous ways.
The Counseling Center tag-teamed with KPETS to arrange therapy dogs in the Student Memorial Center (SMC), as well as Pet Partners’ crisis dogs in Bard, throughout the week.
Until Friday, a banner was available in the SMC for students to sign around the words, “Remembering Karlie Hall.”
On Thursday, there was a dating game show, held by the Black Student Union and Artists Rocking Together, to promote healthy relationships as part of their “Week of Love” activities.
The Elsie S. Shenk Center for Health Education and Promotion (CHEP) renamed their peer health education team, “Karlie’s Angels.” According to their webpage, gifts made to the fund “will provide continues campus education, services, resources and support directed at eliminating dating violence.”
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On Friday, the University Activities Board, along with other organizations, asked students, staff and faculty to wear purple, the color associated with preventing dating violence. For more information on dating violence, visit gopurple.org.
Also this past Friday, CHEP and the Presidents Commission on the Status of Women brought the community together in the SMC to discuss possible educational initiatives relating to dating and other forms of violence.
Tomorrow, there is a speed-dating event planned in the SMC multipurpose room from 7 to 9 p.m. with free food, a chocolate fountain and prizes. The event, also held by CHEP, is to provide students with a safe environment to engage in conversation with a friend or possible romantic partner.
A fellow Millersville student, Aisling Burns, started a fundraiser for Hall’s family expenses through GoFundMe. The campaign has raised nearly $19,000 so far. Anything over $10,000 will go toward Lamancha Animal Rescue, the animal shelter where Hall previously volunteered, and a woman’s shelter still to be determined.
“I was trying to think of ways that we, as a student body and community, could help the Hall family,” Burns said. “I have known women who have been in abusive relationships, so what happened to Karlie deeply saddened me.”
Burns also helped ACMO organize a benefit open mic night on Monday, February 23, in Myers Auditorium, McComsey Hall, from 5:30 to 11:30 p.m. Admission will be donation-based, benefitting Hall’s family.
“I didn’t know Karlie, but Millersville is so small and tightly knit that if you don’t know someone, you know someone who has,” Burns said. “The loss of her life and the circumstances surrounding her death were a huge shock for the student body.”
In addition to these activities, students are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center in Lyle Hall as the campus continues to grieve for Hall.
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