The Mercyhurst College community today mourns the death of 19-year-old Christian Huckaby, a second-year sports management major at Mercyhurst North East. Christian was the victim of a fatal accident on Interstate 90 in Lake County, Ohio, on Sunday, Oct. 22, which occurred as he was returning from his home in Cleveland to the MNEcampus following fall break. The accident happened at 8:37 a.m.
Christian, a resident assistant and a member of the wrestling team, was well known on the MNE campus, according to Dr. Gary Brown, executive vice president. Brown said the entire college community at North East is deeply saddened by Christian's death.
"He was a very upbeat person," Brown said. "He always had a smile on his face."
Brown said prayers for Christian and his family were offered during the regularly scheduled 8 p.m. Mass on campus Sunday. In addition, wrestling coach Aaron Cooper had assembled his team Sunday evening to inform them of their teammate’s death, and psychologist James Beaulieu was on hand to provide counseling for students in need. Beaulieu will also be available today as will spiritual counselor, Deacon Bob Ball.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time. Plans for a memorial service atMNE will be announced at a later date.