PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – A Butler County woman, who was a college student in Erie, has died.
Police say 21-year-old Abrielle Brynda, a Gannon University Student, was found lying in an alley between two buildings Saturday afternoon.
She was rushed to a nearby hospital where she died a few hours later.
“We don’t know what happened a couple of my friends ran toward her and she was laying in a position to where it looked like she got thrown or left there,” said Ken Richardson, who found Brynda. “And we’ve been back through this parking lot all day long and she hasn’t been laying there. This just happened, her skin was cold and she didn’t have a pulse.”
Brynda was a junior, she majored in nursing and was a 2011 graduate of Seneca Valley High School.
Sunday, dozens of students attended a mass at the Seat of Wisdom chapel in Erie.
Some wore purple, the color of the sigma sigma sigma sorority, where Brynda was a member.
“They’re heartbroken, understandably, they’re heartbroken,” said Sigma Sigma Sigma adviser Jane Dorler. “They have a lot of questions, but they have a lot of support here.”
While police and the coroner continue to investigate, the coroner says there’s no sign of foul play.
But that doesn’t make the loss any easier to handle.
“It will take time, but they’re gonna get through it,” Dorler said.