Our View: Remembering those we’ve lost

DKS Editors

Three students have come and gone this semester, each with a unique story, each with an important lesson.

As the year ends, it’s important to reflect on those we’ve lost, remembering their contribution to our community and the unique ways in which they brought those around them together.

James Barnes was 26 when he died in October. He was in his first year of a three-year master’s program in business administration. He spent his undergrad at Pennsylvania’s Slippery Rock University.

Katie Brahaney, a close friend of Barnes, told a Stater reporter earlier in the semester that he was a supportive person, always there to make her laugh. Barnes reminds us of the importance of encouraging our friends whenever they need it.

Martin Alvord was a fifth-year graphic design student. He was just 22 at the time of his death in November.

Kevin Price, a friend of Alvord’s, described him as both shy and selfless. Other friends said he was philosophical but fun loving. Many gathered at the rock on Front Campus in November to remember his art and his integrity.

Alvord’s life is a lesson in finding a balance between being dedicated to what we love and maintaining our relationships. He managed to do both.

Katie Iarussi was just 20 when she died Sunday. She was a junior fine arts major who eventually wanted to get her master’s in art education.

Bridgitte Miller, a friend of Iarussi’s since middle school, told a Stater reporter that Iarussi would do just about anything to make her friends laugh — a lesson in the importance of finding the humor in life, even when it’s hard.

These three, though their deaths were tragic, should make us all eager to value our time here and to tell others we value them too.

The above editorial is the consensus opinion of the Daily Kent Stater editorial board.