Wamego native dies at Pittsburg State University days before graduation


A Wamego native attending school at Pittsburg State University has died.

According to university president, Steve Scott – Ashly Erickson, 23, died unexpectedly May 6.

Scott said in a press release, “there are few things in life more difficult than losing a loved one, especially someone so young and full of life. I extend my deepest sympathies and offer condolences on behalf of the entire Pittsburg State University community.”

Erickson was a senior majoring in management and marketing, set to graduate from the university last weekend.

A moment of silence was held in her honor.

A cause of death has not been released.


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Austin is a K-State alum, currently serving as KMAN's City Commission reporter.

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