Campus loses “inspiring” senior over winter break

Senior Karen Gutierrez died Dec. 25, according to a source close to the family. No visitation or funeral arrangements have been released.

by Managing Editor Mike Ezekiel

The UNA campus mourns the death of senior Karen Gutierrez who died Dec. 25, according to a source close to the family.

No visitation or funeral arrangements have been released.

“I never would have guessed this day would come, but it happened for a reason,” said Gutierrez’s sister Annette Gutierrez in a Facebook post. “My heart, body and soul is hurting for you. God gained a red-lipstick, perfect-winged-eyeliner woman.” 

Senior Gabby Fuqua said Gutierrez has made an impact in her life. 

“You are the most authentic and original person I have ever met in this entire town,” she said in a Facebook post. “I am endlessly inspired by you, and I will never forget how amazing you are.” 

Gutierrez graduated from Florence High School in 2012 and transferred to UNA from Northwest Shoals Community College. Her major was sociology.

Editor’s Note: Life Editor Monday Sanderson contributed to this report.