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Marisa E. Girawong

Rutgers alumna Marisa Eve Girawong, 28, of Edison, was killed on Mount Everest by an avalanche prompted by the powerful earthquake that shook Nepal on Saturday, killing more than 2,400 people.

Girawong was a 2009 Rutgers-Newark College of Arts and Sciences graduate with a degree in biology. She lived in Seattle, Washington.

"Our hearts are broken,” read a post made by the Madison Mountaineering Facebook page. “It is with deep sorrow and profound grief that we can confirm the loss of our Everest/Lhotse base camp doctor, Marisa Eve Girawong. Eve perished in the aftermath of the avalanche that struck the base camp area following the devastating Nepal earthquake earlier today.”

Mount Kumori, a nearly 23,000-foot mountain located a few miles near Mount Everest, was reported to have been the initial site of the avalanche, according to The avalanche grew stronger as it accelerated toward the Mount Everest base camp.

Girawong is one of 17 individuals killed from the Mount Everest avalanche, including Google executive Dan Fredinburg. 61 other individuals are reportedly injured, and a search team continues to scour the mountain.

According to her LinkedIn page, Girawong was an emergency room physician’s assistant at East Orange General Hospital for three years and at New York City’s Modern Dermatology for eight months.

She obtained her Master’s degree in medical science from Pennsylvania’s St. Francis University in 2012, worked at the school’s John Stroger Cook County Hospital and was the “Physician Assistant Club Treasurer Class of 2012 Senior Buddy.”

She was working on obtaining her second Master’s degree and postgraduate degree in mountain medicine from England’s University of Leicester.

“Marisa Eve is an Excellent (sic) student who was happy to assist other students with difficult topics,” wrote LaDonna Wright, a physician’s assistant who studied with Girawong at St. Francis University in 2012, on Girawong's Linkedin. “She is a very personable person who shows a lot of energy and a positive outlook in stressful situations. She will make a terrific clinician and be an asset to the medical team that she becomes involved with.”

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