Archive for Wednesday, September 27, 2000

Baker mourns student’s death

September 27, 2000

An 18-year-old Baker University freshman was killed in a two-vehicle accident late Saturday night in Independence, Mo.

Jennifer Burton, who had lived in Irwin Residence Hall since the semester began, was a passenger in a car driven by her boyfriend which was struck by another vehicle in an Independence intersection. He was also killed.

The Baker campus has been in mourning since the news of Burton's death spread.

"It's been sad around here for the last couple of days," said John Fuller, Baker spokesman. "Even though she was a first-year student, she had gotten to know a lot of people.

"Something like this really effects a small campus," said Fuller.

Baker's director of counseling and student services staff were on hand Sunday at Irwin Hall to deliver the news and help where they could.

"They met with the students Sunday evening, told them what happened and offered counseling services for those who wanted it," he said.

Monday evening there was a campus-wide prayer vigil for Burton at the Clarice L. Osborn Memorial Chapel conducted by Ira DeSpain, university minister.

Visitation for Burton was Tuesday night. The funeral is today at 3 at the First United Methodist Church of Blue Springs, Mo.

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