IES Abroad is deeply saddened by the death of Ixchel Deck, a junior from St. Xavier University in Chicago, Illinois. Ixchel was enrolled in the Spring 2014 IES Abroad European Union program in Freiburg, Germany. Ixchel passed away on May 7, 2014 at her residence hall in Freiburg.
On Wednesday, IES Abroad Center staff and students met to mourn Ixchel’s death and commemorate the remarkable impact she had on the students in the Center. In addition, a special ceremony will take place on Sunday to celebrate Ixchel’s life.
“IES Abroad is doing and will continue to do everything we can to support Ixchel’s family, friends and fellow students, who remain our entire focus,” said Dr. Mary M. Dwyer, president and CEO of IES Abroad. “Our deepest sympathies, thoughts, and prayers are with Ixchel’s family and friends.”