IU freshman dies from injuries sustained in fall

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News of the tragic death of an Indiana University freshman is spreading through the girl’s hometown of Zionsville. 19 year old Rachael Fiege was taken off life support this morning after falling down stairs at a house party near campus early Friday.

The director of coaching for the Zionsville Youth Soccer Association says Fiege was a player on the team when she was younger, and later, used her soccer skills to eventually become a ZYSA coach. Zavala says not only was she a great soccer player, but, she was also a friend.

“Rachael was one of the first kids who signed up to one of my camps when I first came to Zionsville. I’m always going to remember her as a little player, just a lovely child, very good player,” says Zavala.

He says, since learning of Fiege’s tragic death, soccer games just aren’t the same.

“Just the kind of kid that you just want to be a part of, I mean, she’s just such a lovely girl, and she will be missed, definitely.”

Indiana University police say Rachael Fiege was at a party at a house right near campus. The investigation revealed that between one and two in the morning, she fell down a flight of stairs to the basement. Fiege was found unresponsive, in what’s being called an accident. What bothers police so much is that no call for help was made until almost eight in the morning. Fiege was rushed to IU Health Bloomington Hospital where she was in life support until early Saturday morning. A tough loss for sure.

“I can not tell you in words how much the family means to, not just Z.Y.S.A., but how much they mean to soccer across the U.S. They do a tremendous work for several different programs,” says Zavala.

So, in return, they plan to get together soon to figure out ways to help.

“We’ll do something for the family, most definitely,” says Zavala

Not only was Rachael Fiege an avid soccer player, she planned to study pre-nursing at IU.

Our original story of the incident can be viewed here

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