Loyola Community Mourns the Death of Second-year Medical Student

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A Loyola student in the Stritch School of Medicine died recently, officials said in an email Monday.

Nicole Walls, a second-year medical student, was a Chicago native and got her bachelor’s degree in Molecular Cell Biology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign before attending Loyola, according to an email sent to the Loyola community from Campus Ministry on the Health Sciences Campus.

It’s unknown how or when Walls died. She left behind her mother, father and siblings, the email said. 

“Nicole will be deeply missed by her classmates, instructors, friends, and colleagues from Stritch,” the email said.

A gathering to remember Walls will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. in the Health Sciences Campus atrium. Immediately following this, students are invited to join the Health Sciences Campus Ministry in the Student Activities Center to share about Walls and support each other, the email said.

The email requests condolences to be sent to the Walls family through Health Sciences Campus Ministry, Cuneo Center Room 270, 2160 S. First Ave., Maywood, IL 60153. Those who knew Walls also set up a memorial fund on Gofundme, which as of Tuesday night had raised nearly $18,000.

The email offered resources for Loyola community members. On the Health Sciences Campus, students and faculty can call Campus Ministry at (708) 216-3245 and Student Affairs (708) 216-8140. Perspectives are also available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at (800) 456-6327. For online resources students and faculty can go to and enter username: LUC500 and enter the password: perspectives.

On Loyola’s Lake Shore Campus, students and faculty can call the Wellness Center at (773) 508-2530 and Campus Ministry (773) 508-2200. Staff members are available to assist those in need on an individual basis, the email said.

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