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Two American college students killed in Seoul Halloween crowd surge

Two American college students have been among the many greater than 150 individuals killed when a enormous Halloween get together crowd surged right into a slender alley in a nightlife district in Seoul, South Korea, their universities mentioned. 

University of Kentucky scholar Anne Gieske and Kennesaw State University scholar Steven Blesi have been each killed, their colleges mentioned in statements Sunday.

Gieske was a nursing scholar in her junior year, University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto said in a letter to the neighborhood. Gieske was from Northern Kentucky and had been finding out overseas in South Korea for the semester, Capilouto mentioned.  

Two different UK students and a college member who’re in South Korea are protected, Capilouto additionally mentioned.

Stampede during Halloween festival in Seoul
A person bows after paying tribute close to the scene of the stampede throughout Halloween festivities, in Seoul, South Korea, October 30, 2022.

KIM HONG-JI / REUTERS


CBS Lexington affiliate WKYT-TV reported that Gieske was a member of UK’s Korean Language and Culture Club. The group advised WKYT in a press release that Gieske “was a very kind and outgoing person. We all feel sorry to hear about her loss and we hope that she would rest in peace.”

Blesi was a global business main at Kennesaw State University in Georgia, and was one among 11 students finding out in South Korea as a part of a research overseas program, the college mentioned. All the opposite students have been reported protected. 

Blesi’s father advised The New York Times that his son had not too long ago completed midterms, and had gone out to have a good time on Saturday night time.

“I texted him maybe a half-hour before all this happened, and I said, ‘I know you’re out and about. Be safe,'” Blesi’s father, Steve, advised the Times. “I never got a reply to that.”  

The crowd surge is one among South Korea’s worst catastrophe in years. As of Sunday night, officers put the loss of life toll at 153 and the variety of injured individuals at 133. The Ministry of the Interior and Safety mentioned the loss of life rely might additional rise as 37 of the injured individuals have been in severe situations.  

Ninety-seven of the useless have been ladies and 56 have been males. More than 80% of the useless are in their 20s and 30s, however at the very least 4 have been youngsters.

At least 20 of the useless are foreigners from China, Russia, Iran and elsewhere. 

President Biden tweeted that he and first woman Jill Biden are “devastated to learn that at least two Americans are among so many who lost their lives in Seoul. Our hearts go out to their loved ones in this time of grief, and we continue to pray for the recovery of all who were injured.”    

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