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Parents confirm star Stanford footballer died by suicide

NO LATER THAN March 4, 10:40 a.m. Stanford star football player and student Katie Meyer has died by suicide, Meyer’s parents confirmed in an interview with “Today’s show.”

“The last two days are like a parent’s worst nightmare and you don’t wake up from it,” Gina Meyer said. “So that’s just awful.”

The Meyers said they believe their daughter’s death came after the university may have scheduled “a lawsuit” against Katie “defending a teammate on campus following an incident.” In the interview, Gina Meyer wore a Stanford Cardinal sweater – which she said smelled like Katie.

“I wear it because…I want to be around her,” she said.

The Meyers said they last spoke to Katie on FaceTime just hours before she died.

“She was excited,” Gina said in the interview. “She had a lot to do. She had a lot to do. But she was happy. She was in a good mood.”

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March 2, 1:45 p.m. A Stanford student and star football player was found dead in a dormitory on campus, Stanford officials confirmed on Wednesday.

Katie Meyer, a college senior majoring in international relations, was captain of the Stanford women’s soccer team. His body was found Tuesday morning, the Stanford Daily reported for the first time. She was 22 years old.

“Her friends describe her as a larger than life team player in everything from choosing an academic discipline which she says has ‘changed my perspective on the world and the very important challenges we have to work together. to overcome “to the passion she brought to the Cardinal women’s soccer program and to women’s sports in general,” said a letter shared by university vice-president Susie Brubaker-Cole and director of athletics Bernard Muir. with students and on the Stanford website.

A 2019 photo of Katie Meyer celebrating with her teammates after defeating the North Carolina Tar Heels in the Division I Women’s Soccer Championship. Stanford defeated North Carolina in a shootout with Meyer in goal.

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As a freshman guard, Meyer made national headlines in 2019 as a key part of Stanford’s championship-winning women’s soccer team. With her assertive and sometimes proud demeanor, she has become something of a viral sensation – with GIFs and videos of his performance circulating in the days following their win.

According to the letter, counseling staff have been made available to student athletes and students who live in his residence.

“There are no words to express the emptiness we feel right now,” Brubaker-Cole and Muir said in the letter. “We are reaching out to all of you in our community, because this affects all of us.”

Meyer’s cause of death has not been released.