Memorial service held for alumna tonight in Kiva

Morgan Day

Alpha Xi Delta is hosting a memorial service for Abigail Maurine Verhelst, Kent State University and Alpha Xi Delta alumna, at 7:30 p.m. today in the Kiva. The memorial service is open to the public.

Verhelst, 22, of Brighton, Mass., died Dec. 30 in Kent from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Toni Teresi, sophomore fashion merchandising major, was a member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority last year with Verhelst. She said although she wasn’t extremely close with Verhelst, she could tell she was a kind person.

“(Abby) was one of those people who was willing to do anything for anyone,” Teresi said. “She didn’t care about how people acted . She liked everyone for who they were.”

Verhelst graduated cum laude from Kent State in May 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in fashion merchandising. She was a member of Golden Key Honor Society and Mortar Board.

—ÿMorgan Day