Thousands gather at vigil for IU student found unresponsive in sorority house

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (Sept. 4, 2014) — Thousands of IU students gathered for a vigil Thursday night honoring one of their classmates.

Kelly Hackendahl, 20, was found unresponsive inside the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority house a week ago. Her cause of death remains unknown pending toxicology results, but the Monroe County Coroner does not suspect foul play.

Hackendahl was majoring in education. She is originally from Libertyville, Ill. and had only recently returned for her junior year.

At the vigil, Hackendahl’s sorority sisters wore blue shirts with the phrase “You rock, don’t ever change” on them. Her friends shared memories and stories of her with their classmates.

“She’s one of the most kind, loving people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.  She truly found her niche here at IU.  She had the confidence all of us strive to have.  She was always bringing people together in ways I didn’t think a person could.  Her personality was contagious,” one friend said.

The vigil was organized by the IU Greek community, according to a campus spokesperson. The school has made counselors available since Hackendahl’s death.