Colleen Kelly, 21, who was expected to graduate from Framingham State University in 2013, was an English major, who just completed a 12-week internship at Fuller Middle.
She wanted to be a teacher and "was looking ahead to a bright and promising future," said Framingham Superintendent of Schools Stacy Scott.
Kelly, who grew up in Melrose, died while trying to cross Route 9 at Maynard Road. She made it halfway when she was struck in the eastbound lane, thrown into the westbound lane, where she was hit again. Both drivers stopped. Framingham Police are investigating.
A Mass was held for Kelly on the University campus Sunday night. A funeral is planned for Wednesday (more details below.)
Saturday, University President Timothy Flanagan issued the following statement: “Our thoughts and prayers are with Colleen’s family, friends and fellow students. This tragic loss is felt by the entire Framingham State community. I know we will all be relying on each other for support during this difficult time.”
Today, Dec. 17, students and staff at the Framingham middle school will be dealing with the loss.
"This is a devastating event for the Fuller School community, particularly at this moment in time. ... Please reach out to one another and provide whatever support you can offer. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Kelly family, our colleagues and the students at Fuller Middle School," wrote Scott in an email to staff Sunday.
Scott told Framingham Patch Sunday night "we are planning to deploy the crisis team at Fuller in response to the loss of the student teacher. Counselors and support will be there ... Principals and staff are prepped for possible conversations with children."
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A funeral Mass is planned for Wednesday, Dec. 19 at St. Mary's Church, Herbert St. in Melrose at 10:30 a.m. Interment at Holy Cross Cemetery in Malden.
"Kelly was born and raised in Melrose and graduated from Melrose High School in 2009. Kelly loved old movies, was an avid reader, she enjoyed Broadway plays, loved cats, the Red Sox and listening to the Beatles. Colleen had a very strong faith, was a lifelong member of St. Mary's Church in Melrose; where she taught CCD for several years. She was a sweetheart and will be sorely missed by all her family and friends. Colleen was the beloved daughter of Dennis & Kathleen (Lynch) Kelly. Loving sister of Caitlin D. Kelly & Timothy F. Kelly both of Melrose. Cherished granddaughter of Philip & Rosia Kelly of Melrose and the late Francis & Margaret Lynch. Caring niece of Kevin & Ann Marie Kelly, Alice & James Houlihan, Maureen & James Dagle, Patricia & William Copson, Janet & John O'Hara, Thomas & Jayne Lynch and Patricia & Michael McDermott. Devoted cousin of Maura McDermott as well as numerous other close cousins and friends," reads her obituary.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Melrose Humane Society, P.O. Box 760668, Melrose, MA 02176; or The Heart of Mary Villa, 1043 Aurora Blvd. 1108 Quezon City, Manila, Philippines; or a charity of your choice.