Vigil held for rappelling accident victim

A candlelight vigil was held in Tempe with people gathering to remember a young ASU student killed over the weekend in a rappelling accident. The vigil was held at the top of A-Mountain in Tempe, a fitting location friends say for someone who loved the outdoors.

More than 150 people; friends, family, and supporters gathered at A Mountain to honor the life of 21-year-old Katelyn Conrad, friends say a life cut too short. "She was an incredible woman," said one attendee.

Conrad was rappelling in the Coon Bluff Campground near Saguaro Lake Saturday morning when her equipment failed, and she fell about 100 feet.

Monday night the 21-year-old was remembered by those who knew her best. "Loved the outdoors, being around people, she was incredible in the classroom and an all around amazing student," said a friend who attended the vigil.

"Smart kid, just a tragedy, just really unfair," said another attendee.

Those in attendance say coming together helps keep her memory alive.

Katie is survived by her parents and siblings. Her father is a longtime Phoenix Police Lieutenant. 

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