Who was Anne Gieske
Anne Gieske was a 20 years old nursing student at the University of Kentucky. She was among the 153 people killed in the stampede in Seoul, South Korea at a Halloween celebration. The University of Kentucky’s president Eli Capiloutu confirmed that Anne was studying abroad in South Korea with an education abroad program.
He released a statement saying;
“Anne, a nursing junior from northern Kentucky, was studying in South Korea this semester with an education abroad program. We have two other students and a faculty member there this semester, as well. They have been contacted and are safe,” Capilouto said.
“We have been in contact with Anne’s family and will provide whatever support we can — now and in the days ahead — as they cope with this indescribable loss,” he added. “We will be there for those in our community who knew and loved Anne. We also have nearly 80 students from South Korea at UK — members of our community — who will need our support.”
Anne’s friends and family were devastated and heartbroken after hearing the sad news about Anne. Her father Dan released a statement saying;
“We are completely devastated and heartbroken over the loss of Anne Marie. She was a bright light loved by all. We ask for your prayers but also respect for our privacy. Anne’s final gift to us was dying in the state of sanctifying grace. We know we will one day be reunited with her in God’s Kingdom.”
Anne graduated from Beechwood High School where she was a member of the school’s marching band from 2015 to 2020.
Beechwood High School Principal Justin Kaiser reached out to the high school’s community and parents via email to inform them of Gieske’s death.
“I am informing you, as parents/guardians, that some of your children may be affected by this devastating news,” Kaiser said.
A stampede happened in Soul, South Korea where over 100, 000 people attended a Halloween event. 153 people were confirmed dead and 82 others were injured during the stampede. The course of the stampede has not yet been identified.
There were 19 foreigners among the 153 who died. According to witnesses, a large crowd was pushing forward in the area’s narrow alleys which got them stuck.
People across the world offered their support to South Korea amid the strategy. President Joe Biden released a statement saying;
Jill and I send our deepest condolences to the
families who lost loved ones in Seoul.”
“We grieve with the people of the Republic of Korea and send our best wishes for a quick recovery to all those who were injured. The Alliance between our two countries has never been more vibrant or more vital — and the ties between our people are stronger than ever. The United States stands with the Republic of Korea during this tragic time.”