The university community received word last Friday, August 3, that Keren Berrios, an Anderson University student from El Salvador, was involved in a serious car accident. She was transported to Saint John’s Health System in Anderson before being airlifted to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. She passed away on Sunday, August 5.
"Keren was a vibrant part of our university community, one whom we seemed to know personally from the first day she arrived on the campus,” said Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University.” We have loved her warm spirit, generous friendship and inviting smile. We are in deep sorrow with all our students, staff and faculty, and will hold her family in our love and prayers. Keren Berrios is a student whom we will never forget. We thank God for all the days we had to share in her remarkable and dedicated life."
At the time of the accident she was serving as a Reardon Conference Assistant (RCA), studying business management and Christian ministries at Anderson University, and was preparing for her senior year this coming fall. This fall would have marked her third consecutive year serving as a resident assistant in Martin Hall for the Department of Student Life. In addition, she was an active student leader in the International Student Association at Anderson University.
"Keren was so committed to the Resident Assistant ministry that she was returning as a senior to Martin Hall," said Tim Johnson, associate dean of Students. "Her gentle wisdom and compassionate spirit will be missed in Martin and all over campus."
“Keren was a tremendous young woman who had really begun to find her voice in the world," said Abby Long, resident director of Martin Hall at Anderson University. “She loved where she came from, she was proud of her family, she was living out her faith, and intentional to what was close to her heart. The women of Martin Hall, and in particular the RA staff and myself, have come to know Keren as a woman of wisdom that has shared words with us over the past year(s) that have been burned on our hearts and minds. It is her infectious laughter, quickness to dance, thoughtful offerings, and incredible diligence to everything that are seared in my memory."
“Keren was a uniquely gifted bridge builder,” said Scott Martin, director of International Students Services. “Bringing people together and creating comfort and ‘home’ in the midst of any circumstances was her blessing to whomever she encountered. She will be passionately missed by her fellow students and friends from all around the world. She was often in our home and her joyful spirit was contagious. We will miss her laugh.”
At the time of her death she was surrounded by her family, friends and many persons from the Anderson University community. Her parents are missionaries to Romania and her brother, Gerson Berrios, will be a sophomore this year at Anderson University.
A memorial service for Keren is scheduled for Wednesday, August 8, at 7:30 p.m. at Sanctuary Community Church in Greenwood (415 West Smith Valley Road). Plans are also being developed for a memorial service on campus soon after classes begin on September 4.