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Campus grieves drowned student

Karissa Edwards Karissa Edwards’ goal was to give eight hugs a day. The 20-year-old George Fox student was known for her concern for others. One of the reasons she worked in the university custodial department was so she could sponsor children through Compassion International.

Edwards drowned Nov. 13 in the ocean near Lincoln City, Ore. She left a group of students to spend time alone on the beach near Mo’s Restaurant. When she did not return for dinner, she was reported missing. The next day, her body was found in the ocean two miles north of Depoe Bay.

Lincoln City Police say it appeared Edwards went wading and was overpowered by strong currents and heavy waves.

A Christian ministries major from Newberg, Edwards was an honor roll student and a hall resident assistant. She received the Presidential Scholarship, the highest academic scholarship awarded by George Fox. She spent many of her vacations on service trips. The university has established a Karissa Edwards Memorial Fund at Bank of America to assist the family with funeral expenses. A portion of the funds are to be given to Compassion International and to The Oaks.

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