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Lauren Story

Pi Beta Phi Mourns the Loss of Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Victim

Published On: 2012-12-17

For more information, contact:
Eily Cummings
Pi Beta Phi Fraternity
Director of Marketing & Communications
(636) 256–0680, Extension 735

Pi Beta Phi Mourns the Loss of Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting Victim  

ST. LOUIS, MO – December 17, 2012 – Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women is heartbroken that Connecticut Alpha Lauren Rousseau was one of the victims in the horrific shooting on Friday, December 14, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, which took the lives of 20 children and six educators. 

Lauren attended the University of Connecticut and was initiated into Pi Beta Phi in 2002. She later earned her master's degree in education at the University of Bridgeport. Lauren began dreaming about becoming a teacher at an early age. She was working as a permanent substitute teacher at the elementary school at the time of the shooting. Her mother was quoted in the Danbury News Times stating Lauren was having "the best year of her life."

"We value every member of our Fraternity, and we share in the grief when we lose any one of them," Pi Beta Phi Grand President Mary Loy Tatum said. "Losing Lauren is particularly difficult because of the tragic circumstances that took the life of this bright and committed young woman. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lauren's family and all of those in the small community of Newtown affected by this unimaginable tragedy." 

To honor Lauren, a scholarship has been established at Pi Beta Phi Foundation in Lauren's name. All memorial gifts the Foundation receives in Lauren’s name will be used to support the scholarship. A memorial gift can be made online by clicking here or by calling the Foundation’s office at (636) 256–1357. 

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded at Monmouth College in Illinois in 1867, Pi Beta Phi has 135 chapters and more than 300 alumnae organizations worldwide. The Fraternity leads the way to a more literate society through its Read. Lead. Achieve.® literacy initiatives, including its reading enrichment program Champions are Readers®, its Canadian philanthropy Arrow in the Arctic and its partnership with First Book®. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Twitter and Facebook.