On September 1, the University sent out this email:
Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:
It is with sadness that I report the death of Mary (Shelley) Goldsmith, a second-year student from Abingdon, Virginia. Ms. Goldsmith passed away yesterday evening in a Washington, D.C., hospital while visiting the area with UVa friends. She was a Jefferson Scholar, and among other activities was a member of Alpha Phi sorority.
Our thoughts are with Shelley’s family, friends and sorority sisters at this difficult time. Funeral arrangements will be announced later.
Not surprisingly, Beta Bridge was promptly painted as memorial for Shelley:
Flowers were laid out in several places:
There were markers set out too so people could leave messages:
This was only a very small sampling of what’s already there and I expect there are more messages to come.
The other side of the bridge has new paint too, but a study abroad doesn’t seem quite as meaningful in comparison:
The University made a video about Shelley’s death, in which the Executive Director of Student Health explains the risks and dangers associated with taking ecstasy and other drugs:
(The video includes several images of the Beta Bridge painting.)
The painting is still up and more messages are added all the time.