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DU mourns carbon-monoxide poisoning victim

January 11, 2009

Lauren Johnson was headed to Jerusalem for 10 weeks of studying and work, firmly convinced she could contribute to the de-escalation of violence there.

She and 11 classmates at the University of Denver's Korbel School of International Studies were scheduled to leave Sunday for the winter semester in Israel.

Instead, about 150 family, friends, professors and classmates gathered at the school Friday for her memorial service. She died in her apartment Monday, apparently of carbon-monoxide poisoning from a faulty heater vent.

Johnson, 23, was a straight-A student last fall in the graduate school. She had graduated from the University of Portland, majoring in French and political science. She had volunteered at battered-women's shelters and had traveled to Nicaragua to work on human-rights abuses.

Read more in the Denver Post.