Candle vigil outside PFT honors student

A crowd gathered outside of Pearce Ford Tower for a candle light vigil, to remember a student that died in PFT, Sunday, Nov. 15. Over 150 students, staff and community members attended the vigil. Nick Wagner/HERALD

Shantel Pettway

More than 75 students circled outside of Pearce-Ford Tower in silence Sunday night with lit candles to pay their respects to a lost peer.

Students came together outside of PFT for a vigil in memory of a WKU student who passed away earlier Sunday afternoon. 

A WKU student was pronounced dead inside Pearce-Ford Tower by the Warren County Coroner’s Office at approximately 1:50 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The details of the student’s death have yet to be confirmed. 

Students coordinated a vigil in remembrance of the deceased. 

Owensboro freshman Kiersten Martin didn’t know the student who passed away but came to the vigil because she felt it was the right thing to do. 

“I felt I needed to pay my respect to her and her family,” Martin said. 

One student broke the silence at the vigil and offered words of encouragement and opened the floor for others to say nice words about the student who passed away. 

Various students began to approach the middle of the circle and offered up prayers, encouraging words and song selections, like ‘Amazing Grace.’

The Herald will have more information on this story in Tuesday’s edition.