Cornell Student Dies in Gorge Accident
Cornell graduate Kendrick Castro '11 died in a swimming accident Monday in Fall Creek Gorge. Castro, 22, and a resident of Reston, Virginia, was a student in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Information Science. He had just graduated with the class of 2011 on Sunday.[[image|id=328|width=200|align=right]]Cornell graduate Kendrick Castro '11 died in a swimming accident Monday in Fall Creek Gorge. Castro, 22, and a resident of Reston, Virginia, was a student in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in Information Science. He had just graduated with the class of 2011 on Sunday.
Emergency responders were called to the scene around 7pm on Monday, May 30, where Castro was swimming in the gorge before slipping in the water. He had been wading upstream near the Stewart Avenue bridge when he slipped and was swept downstream. While witnesses attempted to administer CPR, they were unable to revive him.
Cornell University President David Skorton issued a message to all members of the community on Tuesday evening, expressing his condolences to the Castro's family and friends and describing the widespread support services available on campus. His full message is available below.
Fire department officials are reminding the public that it is illegal and "extremely dangerous" to swim in the gorges. Doing so has led to student deaths in the past.
Preliminary reports have concluded that Castro's death was accidental, though a full investigation is underway. Anyone with information should contact the Ithaca Police Department's Investigations Unit at 272-9973.
[b]President Skorton's Message of Condolence[/b]
31 May 2011
Yesterday we learned with sadness that we have lost a member of our community, Kendrick Castro, 22, of Reston, VA, who died in a swimming accident in Fall Creek gorge. Kendrick graduated on Sunday, receiving a bachelor’s degree from the College of Arts and Sciences in Information Science, and had aspirations to continue composing electronic music following his graduation.
On behalf of the entire Cornell community, I convey my sincere condolences to Kendrick's family and his many friends. Please join me in keeping them foremost in your thoughts in the days ahead as we mourn this tragic loss of life.
Plans to commemorate Kendrick’s life will be made in the days to come in consultation with his family.
Support services are available to all members of the Cornell community. Students may consult with counselors from Gannett Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) by calling 607-255-5155. Students may also speak with a peer counselor by calling EARS at 255-3277. Employees may call the Faculty Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at 800-327-2255 (select option 1 for EAP). An Ithaca-based CrisisLine is available at 272-1616. For additional resources, visit the Caring Community site.