Lander, Wyo., May 8, 2013 / 04:40 pm (CNA).- Wyoming Catholic College is grieving the loss of freshman Christine Allen, who died on May 7 after falling during a hike with her family in Utah.
“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy,” college president Father Robert Cook said in a statement Wednesday.
“Our thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with the Allen family, and we ask you to keep them in your prayers.”
Nineteen-year-old Allen fell during an evening hike with her family on Tuesday around 8 p.m. in San Juan County, Utah, about 15 miles southwest of Moab.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, the young woman reportedly tumbled around 20 feet and died after a boulder came loose, causing rock to fall on her. She passed away at the scene shortly after surrounded by her family members.
A Mass will be offered for Christine and her family at 5:30 p.m. May 8 at Holy Rosary Catholic Parish, in Lander.