The events surrounding Little 500 weekend in Bloomington make for a fun weekend for students. The parties and concerts start on Thursday and continue through the weekend. On Thursday evening, at one seemingly ordinary party, a boy is standing on a balcony leaning against a railing. A girl, his friend, leans against him. He loses his balance and over the railing they go, falling seven or eight feet to the ground. She lands awkwardly, he on top of her. The boy is not hurt, but the girl's neck is broken; her heart stops. Medics, then doctors, restart it ... a half dozen times. Her family and friends gather at the hospital. A little more than a day later, she dies.
Twenty-year old Linden Whitt was one of the few really good friends my daughter has made here in Bloomington. The two of them stayed over at our house one night several weeks ago. It was the only time I met Linden. By all accounts she was a wonderful young woman - smart, hard-working, and kind (just like my daughter). May she rest in peace, and may her family and many friends find a measure of solace in memories of all the good times they spent in her company.