Candlelight vigil held in memoriam of Nicole Panet-Raymond

The most striking aspect of Nicole’s personality was her ‘ability to uplift others’

Students gathered at the Erb Memorial Union amphitheater for a candlelight vigil in honor of Nicole Panet-Raymond, a student who lost her life in a skiing accident on Friday, March 2nd at Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort.

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Students gather at the EMU amphitheater to honor Nicole Panet-Raymond. Photo by Abigail Winn

Those in attendance had the chance to stand before the crowd and share their memories of Nicole.

"I think it was a really good opportunity for people to share in their grief and to celebrate her," said Caitlin Roberts, the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the organization who arranged the vigil.

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Students comfort one another during Panet-Raymond's candlelight vigil. Photo by Abigail Winn

"Unfortunately, we lost another member of our community three weeks ago," said Caitlin. "We had pulled together a candlelight vigil for his friends to memorialize him, so we wanted to do the same for Nicole."

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Students listen as individuals share their memories of Panet-Raymond. Photo by Abigail Winn

Leah Steindorf, who knew Nicole through Clark Honors College, Gamma Phi Beta sorority and living in Global Scholars Hall, said the most striking aspect of Nicole's personality was her "ability to uplift others."

"She was just able to relate to everything I said," Leah said.

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A student shields their candle's flame from the breeze. Photo by Abigail Winn

Nicole was a life-long skier who loved adventure, according to The Register-Guard. She was an international studies and Spanish double-major, with the goal of one day practicing international law.

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Students embrace after Panet-Raymond's candlelight vigil. Photo by Abigail Winn

“There’s just waves of pain and anguish that are unending. It comes and subsides and then it comes and crashes upon you again,” Nicole's father, Marc Panet-Raymond, told The Register-Guard. “There’s no pain like losing a child. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone.”

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Students hug each other after Panet-Raymond's candlelight vigil. Photo by Abigail Winn

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