Elizabeth H. Shin ’02, a biology major from West Orange, New Jersey, died last Friday morning at Massachusetts General Hospital from complications resulting from burns suffered in a fire at Random Hall last Monday night. She was nineteen.
A funeral will be held tomorrow in her hometown of West Orange, New Jersey. MIT is providing transportation to the event for interested students.
In addition, a memorial service will be held next Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the MIT Chapel.
Shin was an active member of the MIT community and was widely praised by her friends for her openness and compassion. While at MIT, Shin was a member of the MIT fencing team.
One of Shin’s close friends, Raffi C. Krikorian ’01, called Shin a “brilliant person” and praised the genuine concern she had for those around her. Amrys O. Williams ’02, a Random resident, called Shin “a caring person -- one of those rare souls who always had a smile and a hug for you.”
President Charles M. Vest, speaking for the MIT community, said, “We are heartsick about Elizabeth Shin’s death. She was a bright, promising young woman, and the tragedy of her death is felt throughout MIT. We are in mourning.”
Students across campus expressed concern for Shin’s condition during her stay in the hospital and over 100 students signed a banner for her in the Student Center. Students also expressed their gratitude for the Campus Police officers who responded to Random Hall. Officer Sean C. Munnelly is credited with pulling Shin from the fire. Letters praising the quick response time of the campus police officers were sent to campus mailing lists and The Tech in the days following the fire. Related stories:
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Sophomore Critically Injured in Random Hall Fire
April 11, 2000