Loyola to hold memorial for deceased student

John Versnel
Loyola University Chicagowill hold a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Monday for senior John Versnel IV, who died Saturday when he fell onto the third rail of the Red Line L near the school’s Lake Shore Campus in Rogers Park.

Here is the announcement from the university:

Tonight, Monday, September 17, Loyola will host a memorial service for senior John Versnel IV who passed away on September 15.  The memorial service will be held in Madonna della Strada Chapel at 7:30 p.m.

Following the service, a reception will be held in the Mundelein Center Cardinal’s Suite.

Here are the details of Versnel’s death from the Chicago Sun-Times:

Versnel, 21, of the 6500 block of North Lakewood Avenue, was pronounced dead at St. Francis Hospital in Evanston at 1:29 a.m., according to the Cook County medical examiner’s office.

Minutes earlier, he fell onto the tracks at the Loyola Red Line station, in the 1200 block of West Loyola Avenue, police News Affairs Officer Hector Alfaro told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Police said he’d been drinking with friends earlier when he exited a train at the station, bumped into a pillar on the platform and stumbled onto the electrified third rail, according to the Sun-Times.

Versnel was not hit by a train, CTA spokesman Brian Steele said. The incident halted trains for about an hour, requiring riders to take a bus shuttle between the Addison and Howard stations, the Sun-Times reports.

Versnel was a native of Mercer Island, Washington, and attended St. Monica’s Parish School from kindergarten through 8th grade, then attended nearby parochial school Seattle Prep in Seattle, where he graduated in 2009, according to Patch.

He is survived by his  father and mother, John and Suzanne Versnel and younger sisters,  Margaret and Annie, all of Mercer Island, according to Patch.


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