A sophomore at Texas A&M had died due to complications from COVID-19.
20-year-old Kirstyn Katherine Ahuero of Glen Rose, Texas, died last week in Bryan.
Ahuero was a biomedical science major at Texas A&M and had hopes of being a psychiatric nurse. According to her obituary, during the summer, she volunteered at the National Suicide Hotline.
According to reports, Ahuero is the first known current student at A&M to die of COVID-19.
As of Sept. 9, A&M’s COVID-19 Dashboard reported 1,577 active cases self-reported among university faculty, students and staff. This number was an increase of 948 active cases since Aug. 27, a 60 percent increase.
In lieu of flowers, her family is asking for donations to Mission 22, which is a nonprofit dedicated to helping veterans, service members, and their family members address post-traumatic stress, brain injuries, suicide prevention, and other matters.
Texas A&M University released a statement this weekend following her passing:
“The Aggie family mourns the passing of sophomore biomedical engineering student Kirstyn Katherine Ahuero. Her desire to become a psychiatric nurse was a true calling to serve those in greatest need. We ask all Aggies to come forward and honor this Aggie : “Here.”
If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.