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Student dies unexpectedly

April 17, 2014

A UW-River Falls student died Wednesday, April 16.

First-year biology student Alyssa Funke died in Bayport, Minn. She was 19 years old and a 2012 graduate of Stillwater Area High School in Stillwater, Minn.

Officials have yet to report a cause of death. Information about a memorial for Funke will be shared once it is available, according to a campus-wide email sent out by Chancellor Dean Van Galen on Thursday, April 17. Van Galen said that students should be aware that Counseling Services is available for those who need assistance in Room 211 of Hagestad Hall. Hours for Counseling Services are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or by phone at 715-425-3886.


Anonymous on 27 Apr 2014: No one deserved to die the way she did. I can only imagine the pain and torment she received from bullies up until her final moments. No one deserved that kind of treatment.

Olivia on 18 Apr 2014: My heart aches, she had an amazing soul and a warm heart. She sure will be missed. Sending many prayers to her family and many friends who will miss this girl deeply.

Luke on 17 Apr 2014: Really sad to hear this, my thoughts and prayers go out to the family.