|Photo: Caitlin Nelson of Sacred Heart University|
A Connecticut college student, whose father died in the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center, died days after participating in a pancake-eating competition, authorities said Monday.
20-year-old Caitlin Nelson from Clark, New Jersey died
after choking during a pancake eating contest at Sacred Heart in Connecticut.
Police say Caitlin Nelson died at a New York City hospital on Sunday, three days after participating in the contest at Sacred Heart University.
Statement From Bishop Frank J. Caggiano
Yesterday, I was deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Caitlin Nelson, a young student at Sacred Heart University.
While on Campus last week for their Bergoglio Lecture Series, I was greatly moved by the warmth of the Sacred Heart community, most especially their interest in faith and concern for one another.
I wish to convey my deepest sympathies to Caitlin’s family, friends, and to the Sacred Heart community. In this time of sorrow, please join me in praying for the repose of Caitlin’s soul, the consolation her family, and all the many people she touched throughout her life at Sacred Heart and beyond.
As we mourn Caitlin’s passing, we draw from yesterday’s powerful scripture, containing the shortest verse in the Gospel: “And Jesus wept.” Even Christ the Lord felt the immense sorrow of losing a loved one. Jesus knows the heartbreak we feel at the loss of Caitlin, and it is precisely during these times of mourning and loss where He is closest to us. We ask Him to welcome Caitlin into the glory of eternal life with the loving embrace that only He is capable of.
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