A young woman who died after jumping off the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge on Sunday has been identified as a 20-year-old College of Charleston student.
The Charleston County Coroner's Office identified Alexandra Kindya after receiving calls from several people who recognized her description from an article about the death in The Post and Courier. Authorities confirmed the identity late Tuesday, Coroner Rae Wooten said.
Kindya, from Little Silver, N.J., was a sophomore at the college and listed as a member of the school's field hockey team. The school planned to make counseling services available to students, though many had already left campus, since Wednesday was the final day of exams.
The Rev. Rob Dewey, senior chaplain with the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, said he and other volunteers helped console Kindya's roommates at an off-campus home in Charleston. Her friends were distraught and frustrated that they were unable to prevent what happened, he said.
Several people who knew Kindya contacted the newspaper or left comments on its Web site, Charleston.net. They described her as intelligent and vivacious, a young woman who always seemedupbeat.
A former employer at a local hospitality company described Kindya as "spritely" and a "joy to work with."
"I was absolutely shocked when I heard about this," wrote Beth Murray, who used to baby-sit Kindya in New Jersey. "Alex was funny, smart and beautiful."
Kindya, known as Alex, reportedly went for a jog Sunday afternoon and didn't return home.
Witnesses saw Kindya climb over the bridge railing and plunge more than 100 feet into the Cooper River, where she drowned. She was wearing a T-shirt, shorts and sneakers and carried no identification.
Charlotte Anderson, director of Trident United Way's 2-1-1 Hotline, said there is always a danger that such a public suicide might encourage others who are considering taking their own lives. Authorities want to stress that there are alternatives and people willing to help, she said.
Those contemplating suicide or concerned for someone else's well-being are encouraged to call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK for information or support, Anderson said.
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