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Wake Forest sophomore dies after suffering complications from a blood clot

Davis Chapel is open to the Wake Forest community tonight, and Benson 401 will open at 5:30 p.m. on April 10
Wake Forest sophomore dies after suffering complications from a blood clot

Update 4/11: According to an email from the Office of Communications and External Relations, a memorial service will be held at Myers Park United Methodist in Charlotte, N.C. at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 13. Wake Forest Campus Life will offer a limited number of seats for bus transportation to the service, which can be reserved here. The Thompson family requests that Janey’s teammates wear their jerseys at the service. 

Update 4/10: Room 401 in Benson University Center will be open to any member of the Wake Forest community at 5:30 p.m. as opposed to Davis Chapel. The story and subhead has been updated to reflect the location change. 

Wake Forest sophomore Janey Thompson died after suffering complications from a blood clot on April 9, according to a campus-wide email sent on behalf of President Susan Wente and Vice President for Campus Life Shea Kidd Brown. 

“We extend our deepest condolences to Janey’s family and fellow students, as well as faculty and staff who knew Janey,” the email reads. “She was a biophysics major and a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority. She played club basketball and was a Deacon sports fan.” 

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Davis Chapel is open now to any Wake Forest community member. Room 401 in Benson University Center will open tomorrow April 10 at 5:30 p.m. Counselors and chaplains will be present. 

As information becomes available, the university will communicate details about services honoring Thompson. Wente and Kidd Brown encouraged students to care for themselves and each other, emphasizing the importance of community. 

“Each of us is affected by loss in different ways, and there is no right way to grieve,” the email reads. “We encourage you to take care of yourselves and your fellow Deacs during this difficult time. In moments like this, our close-knit community becomes even more important.” 

Wake Forest community members can call 336-758-CARE to connect with resources. An additional list of resources is available at we.wfu.edu. The Employee Assistance Program is available to faculty and staff at 336-716-5493.

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    Kim & Tara GilmoreApr 16, 2024 at 9:07 am

    We lost our daughter also. Like Janey, Erin Gilmore Hoffman was a great lady. She graduated from Wake Forest & went on to Law School to become a Patent Attorney. Their is a hole in your heart now and it will never go away, but you learn to remember the good times and the fact that you had a special blessing that many never have. You and your family will be in our prayers. You will always have your memories…. Try to focus on those good times you would have never had if God had not allowed you to have your precious gift, little girl. Kim & Tara Gilmore