Students at Hinsdale Central High School held a moment of silence Monday for a recent graduate who was found dead Sunday in her Indiana University dorm room.
Abigail Bott of Clarendon Hills was found at her residence in the McNutt Quad on the Bloomington, Ind., campus Sunday, according to a release from the university.
“It is with the greatest of sadness that we acknowledge the death of our beloved daughter and sister, Abbey,” her parents said in a statement released by the school. “Abbey passed away in her sleep on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013. The cause of her death is unknown and is under investigation at this time. We ask that you offer prayers for us and all those whom you hold dear. Final arrangements will be announced as soon as they are available.”
School officials announced Bott’s death and asked everybody to observe a moment of silence in her honor. The school also send an email to parents telling them about the student’s death, and advising them to be sensitive to their child’s moods and behavior.
“You can tell what kind of person she was, by the clubs she was involved with, Habitat for Humanity, Key Club, which is a branch of the Kiwanis Club and Peer Buddies,” said Kristine Liptrot, a spokeswoman for Hinsdale High School District 86. “It is never easy for us to deal with the loss of one of our students, but it is especially difficult when it’s someone who worked so hard to better the lives of others through her clubs and organizations.”
Bob Yelton of Clarendon Hills said his family lives two blocks from the Botts, and that she played on the Hawks soccer team with his daughter, Ashley. He also knows her twin sister, Olivia.
“I’ve known Abbey since she was in the fourth or fifth grade,” he said, describing her as “a warm, generous person.”
“She and her sister have the same charisma. Abigail was a little shy, but they grow out of that. She grew into a very beautiful girl,” Yelton said. “What happened to Abbey could happen to any child. Everyday they go off to school and you hope they come home safe and sound.”
An autopsy Monday morning was “undetermined pending toxicology results,” which are expected in 4-6 weeks, according to a statement from Monroe County Coroner Nicole Meyer.
There was no evidence of trauma and foul play is not suspected, Meyer said.