Death of Fresno State alum in Las Vegas shooting ‘devastating news,’ dean says

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Among the many victims killed in the Las Vegas massacre was 28-year-old, Kelsey Meadows. She was a Fresno State graduate and was working as substitute teacher in Taft in Kern County.

The staff at Fresno State is still coping with the fact that they lost one of their own Bulldogs. Kelsey’s professor said she had a bright future ahead of her.

“It’s really difficult,” Melissa Jordine, professor of history at Fresno State, said.

The news of losing a former Fresno State student is hitting home for Jordine.

“I teach a class on the second World War and Kelsey took my class,” Jordine said.

Kelsey Brianne Meadows, 28, was one of the many victims killed in the Las Vegas shooting. Kelsey graduated from Taft Union High School in 2007. She went on to Fresno State where she studied history and graduated with a bachelor degree in 2011.

“She was an amazing person, so she was really friendly, she got along really well with her peers and I really remember during class discussion she was always involved and talking to other students and pushing the discussion forward,” Jordine said.

Michelle Denbeste, interim dean for the College of Social Sciences, said even though she didn’t know Kelsey, she’s heartbroken by a life taken too soon.

“This is never the kind of news we want to hear about a student, we always want to hear from our students, we feel like they’re part of extended family and so it’s just really devastating news,” Denbeste said.

Fresno State said Kelsey was a student teacher at Edison High School for a little while. She then graduated with her social sciences credential in 2013. Kelsey was currently a substitute teacher back at her old high school in Taft.

The school released a statement:
“Kelsey was smart, compassionate and kind. She had a sweet spirit and a love for children. Words cannot adequately capture the sorrow felt by her students, colleagues and friends in learning of her passing,” Taft Union High School principal, Mary Alice Finn, said.

Jordine says Kelsey will be missed by all.

“She I know would have gone on to do amazing things, I can’t even imagine how devastated her family is,” Jordine said.

Kelsey is survived by her mother, father, brother and sister-in-law.

Taft Union High School will hold a vigil Wednesday at 7 p.m. in her honor.

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