Southwestern University senior Kera Danielle Martin, 22, of Rotan, Texas was killed Sunday, October 25 in a car accident near Winters while returning to campus from a weekend trip to visit family in Rotan, Texas.
Martin was studying English and Spanish, and planned to graduate in December. She has spent time studying abroad in London and Guanajuato, and intended to utilize her linguistic abilities to pursue a career in education. She was active in Kappa Delta Pi, an international honor society in education, Operation Achievement, where she worked with Georgetown students, and Sigma Phi Lambda, a national Christian sorority.
This is a tragic loss for the Southwestern community of a talented and promising student who had so much to contribute to the world, and lost her life too suddenly and too soon. Martin was known by all as a compassionate, engaging and radiant woman who shared a bright, gorgeous smile with all whom she encountered. The Southwestern community is grieving this loss.
University President Jake B. Schrum issued an official statement in response to the tragic accident and offered his deepest condolences to Martin’s family members, friends and fellow campus community members.
The campus community has hosted several memorial services including a gathering Monday in the ballrooms that included many of Kera’s friends and professors. Vice President of Student Life Gerry Brody, Chaplain Beverly Jones, and Beverly Savinsky of Counseling Services discussed ways to cope with grief and loss. Afterward, other members of the gathering spoke about Martin and their special memories of her. A time of prayer was held later that evening. The campus will continue to prepare plans for the coming week to remember Martin, celebrate her vibrant life, share grief and support each other through this difficult time.
Martin’s family shared with the university that a visitation will be held on Thursday, October 29 at 6 p.m. at the Weathersbee-Ray Funeral Home in Rotan. The funeral will be held on Friday, October 30 at 2 p.m. at the First Baptist Church in Rotan.
According to a message from Schrum, members of the SU community who would like to extend their sympathy to Martin’s family may send their messages to Jones’s office in Cullen. She will forward them to the family.
Students seeking support in coping with this tragedy are encouraged to contact Southwestern Office of Counseling Services at (512) 863-1555 or the Office for Religious Life at (512)-863-1527.