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UK’s Black Student Union Honors Teen Who Died While Studying Abroad

Posted at 8:55 AM, Sep 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 07:02:24-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – The University of Kentucky’s Black Student Union is organizing an event in honor of Te’Niya Jones, a student killed in a drowning accident while studying abroad in the middle east.

Jones had been studying abroad in Jordan. She went swimming with friends during a side trip in Tel Aviv, Israel and was caught in a riptide.  Despite a desperate search, her body was found on shore hours after she went missing.

Jones was a biology major with a minor in Islamic studies.

The vigil will be held outside of the Gatton Student Center Thursday beginning at 7 p.m.

There will be a candlelight memorial consisting of a prayer, words of encouragement, a dedicated song, words of remembrance from Jones’ loved ones, a poetry reading, and release of balloons in remembrance. Those in attendance are asked to wear green, as it was Jones’ favorite color.