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Mount student dies in fall

James Rada Jr.
Emmitsburg Dispatch

(3/20) Mount St. Mary’s University senior Dustin Bauer died just after midnight on March 13 after he fell in his campus apartment complex on March 9.

“We now believe that Dustin was needed for a much greater reason, to be an angel. He was always an angel to my parents but somehow I know that he was needed to help guide and look over so many others. He truly was, is, and will remain the greatest angel in our lives,” Dustin’s brother Dewitt wrote on a blog after his death.

Bauer fell over the railing in Apartment Tower A about 1 a.m. on March 9, according to reports. Though alcohol may have been involved, Mount Director of Communications Linda Sherman said that the investigation is still ongoing.

Following his fall, a Maryland State Police helicopter flew Bauer to R. Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore. Surgeons operated on his head injuries and placed him on life support.

Bauer’s funeral was on Monday, March 17 at the Immaculate Conception Church in Towson. In lieu of flowers the family is creating the Dustin Bauer Memorial Fund, PO Box 42654, Towson, MD 21284.

“The students are going on spring break this week,” Sherman said. “I think the time off will help the students heal.”

Mount St. Mary’s is also planning a memorial service for Dustin, tentatively scheduled for March 28.

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