Flowers, photographs and written messages were laid against the Cook Carillon Tower on the Allendale Campus during a candlelight vigil held in memory of first-year student Taylor DeRosa, who died over the weekend.
Members of the Grand Valley community, along with family and friends from DeRosa’s hometown of Royal Oak, attended the December 16 vigil, which was planned by GVSU students.
Mikaela Brzuchowski, a GVSU junior who organized the event, said although she did not know DeRosa personally, she wanted to show support and respect for a fellow Laker.
“As Lakers, we have a strong sense of community,” Brzuchowski said. “We wanted to show Taylor and her family that we are unified and she is part of the Laker family.”