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WIU Mourns Student Death; Services Set

December 2, 2008

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MACOMB, IL -- The Western Illinois University community is saddened to learn of the death of Dameris Bagwell, a WIU junior from Bloomington (IL), who died Monday, Dec. 1 as the result of an automobile accident in Logan County.

"We extend our sympathies and thoughts to Dameris' family, friends and classmates," said Western Illinois University President Al Goldfarb.

Bagwell, 21, was pursuing a bachelor's degree in journalism. She was a minority ambassador at WIU, was a peer educator for the University's Beu Health Center and was a member of Western's Student Orientation Staff. She also served as vice president of the newly-formed WIU chapter of National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ/WIU). Bagwell had also written for the Western Courier. She was a 2004 graduate of Bloomington High School.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, journalism program director Mohammad Siddiqi will lead a candlelight procession from the front steps of Simpkins Hall, around Lake Ruth to a memorial gathering at the Alumni House presided by WIU President Al Goldfarb.

Visitation will be held from 10:30-noon Saturday, Dec. 6 at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, 801 W. Market St., Bloomington. Funeral services will follow at the church at noon.

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