Freshman Emily Benatar passes away after battle with meningococcal disease
Emily Benatar, a freshman and member of Alpha Phi sorority, passed away in Barnes Hospital Wednesday morning, officials at the University have confirmed.
Benatar, who came to Washington University from Palo Alto, Calif., died from complications arising from meningococcal disease with her parents by her side.
She had been diagnosed with the disease, which is a bacterial infection known for causing meningitis and other complications, three weeks ago.
Wednesday night, students held a midnight vigil in memory of her on the Dardick green, outside of the dorm she lived in until mid-April.