Students, friends, administrators and family members sustained a network of support in the months following the death of Andrew Keith Carr, a junior in the College of Business Administration, and those efforts will continue this semester.
Carr died June 11 after falling onto a landing along the Tiber River in Rome, where he was studying abroad at John Cabot University. The Rev. Daniel Hendrickson, associate vice president in the Office of the Executive Vice President at Marquette, said the Carr family has had meetings and communication with a supportive group of Marquette students since the incident. He spoke with the family Monday.
“As the Carrs continue to grieve the loss of their son, they remain supported and inspired by the Marquette community,” Hendrickson said. “In person, by email and on Facebook, particularly with Keith’s friends and teammates, the Carrs continue to feel Marquette’s tremendous support.”
Hendrickson was dispatched to Rome June 11, spending the majority of his time interacting with students in the program at John Cabot and assisting the Carr family. Three out of Carr’s four roommates in Rome were Marquette students.
Hendrickson praised the accommodations and support provided by John Cabot.
The Rev. Thomas Anderson, associate director of Campus Ministry, held a prayer service with students on campus following the incident with “an incredible number of students,” according to Hendrickson. Hendrickson said Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the Marquette Quidditch team is hoping to hold another service early this semester.
Carr’s funeral was held June 19 in Greencastle, Ind. with the support of several Marquette students.
“I think it was a shining moment for Marquette,” Hendrickson said. “(Carr’s) friends in particular were fantastic – they were so upset, but so open to the family.”
As a whole, Hendrickson said the display of support shared from all ends has provided a strong display of the Marquette mission.
“This is evidence of cura personalis in action both to individuals and groups of people,” Hendrickson said. “It really testifies to the Jesuit character of the Marquette community.”