Student killed studying abroad to be honored at UK

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A University of Kentucky student who died in July while studying abroad in the Middle East will be honored at an event Thursday night.

Te’Niya Jones was swimming with two friends in the Mediterranean Sea when they got caught in a rip current.

The two friends were able swim back to shore but Jones could not and drowned.

The 19-year-old from Ft. Myers, Florida was a sophomore studying biology at the University of Kentucky.

The Black Student Union has organized a candlelight memorial for Jones.

It will be outside the Gatton Student Center Thursday beginning at 7 p.m.

The Black Student Union says the memorial will consist of a prayer, words of encouragement, a dedicated song, words of remembrance from Jones’ loved ones, a poetry reading, and release of balloons in remembrance.

Those in attendance are encourage to wear green – Jones’ favorite color.

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