Family and friends mourn student found dead in sorority house
OLATHE, Kan.(WDAF) -– The family of an Emporia State University sophomore who was found dead in her sorority house Friday morning said they still don't know the cause of her death. Erika Jaremko, 19, was in Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. Police said no foul play is suspected.
"She lived life to the fullest, she was only here for 19 years but she probably lived more in those 19 years than most people do in their lifetime," said Stephanie Post, the victim's mother.
Family told FOX 4 Jaremko was a sweet person, an amazing writer and was heavily involved in her sorority.
"She was my best friend, I love her so much," said her older sister, Aaliyah Jaremko. "She always knew how to make everyone smile."
There was an outpouring of support on social media Saturday from Jaremko' sorority sisters and other sororities and fraternities on campus.
"It's actually brought comfort, people sharing their memories of Erika and even people who haven't seen her since elementary school have been posting on Facebook," Post told FOX 4.
The Olathe native was studying psychology and elementary education at ESU. Family said she wanted to be a first grade teacher someday and worked at the YMCA at the afterschool program.
A member of Sigma Sigma Sigma told FOX 4 on Saturday that sorority members are not allowed to talk to the media about the death of their sister. Police said the investigation is ongoing.
Family members have started a GoFundMe account to help raise money for funeral expenses. Post said whatever money is leftover will be donated to her daughter's sorority that she loved so much.
Family members said the visitation will be held on at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at McGilley & Fry Funeral Home. The funeral is set for Thursday, Feb. 18 at Evangelistic Center in Olathe.
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