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Freshman dies, College feels ‘a sense of loss’

By Colleen Murphy
News Editor

According to an email sent to College faculty, staff and students on Thursday, Oct. 9, freshman Sarah Sutherland died Monday, Oct. 6, near her Scotch Plains home.

An article on published on Thursday, Oct. 9, states that, according to police, the 18-year-old jumped off an overpass and into a creek, which was only several hundred feet from the restaurant where she worked. She later died at University Hospital in Newark.

“This tragic incident affects our campus, and we all feel a sense of loss at this time,” President R. Barbara Gitenstein wrote in the email.

Sutherland graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in 2014 and was an employee of Snuffy’s restaurant for six months, according to

In a comment left on Sutherland’s online obituary page, the restaurant’s management wrote that, “Sara was our employee, and in the short time we were blessed to have her at our establishment, she was loved. She was bright, respectful, sweet and devoted.”

Visitation for Sutherland will be held at Terrill Road Bible Chapel, 535 Terrill Road in Fanwood, N.J., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 10, followed by a memorial service from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

According to the online obituary page, a prayer service will be held at Terrill Road Bible Chapel on Saturday, Oct. 11, at 10 a.m., with interment following at Rosehill Cemetery in Linden, N.J.

Colleen Murphy


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