Fishers native dies after falling in Myanmar

Kassie Braun (Photo used with permission via Facebook)

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Cathedral High School is mourning the loss of an alumna who died in Myanmar.

The private school announced the passing of Kassie Braun, class of 2015, on Tuesday. The Fishers native was a student at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas and had been taking part in “Semester at Sea,” a study abroad program which uses a ship as its traveling campus.

The program said in a statement that Braun fell while on independent travel to Bagan, Myanmar. She was severely injured and later died while en route to Mandalay General Hospital.

For others on the ship, a meeting is planned to discuss the tragedy and mental health counselors will be on-call.

Cathedral High School says Braun’s brother Kavan is a freshman at St. Edward’s University and her sister Kyleigh is a freshman at Cathedral.

The Braun family released a statement:

The family is absolutely devastated by the tragic death of their daughter and sister, Kassandra “Kassie” Braun. They are still waiting for further details about what happened but would like everyone to know that Kassie was having the time of her life on Semester at Sea and was living her dream.  She was so full of life and love, gave so much to so many. She had a tremendous love for her friends and teachers at Cathedral High School and St. Edward’s University.  She lived life the Holy Cross way hoping to someday give back as was given to her. Kassie’s family greatly appreciates the outpouring of love and support they have received and requests privacy as they mourn their loss and make arrangements for Kassie’s repatriation.

St. Edwards University also released a statement about Braun’s passing:

We are deeply saddened to share with the St. Edward’s community that junior, SEU student Kassandra Arielle Braun, passed away during a tragic accident while studying abroad with Semester at Sea. Kassie was originally from Mccordsdville, Indiana and majoring in communication. Kassandra attended Cathedral High School in Indianapolis before joining the St. Edward’s community and was a Moreau Scholar. She was very involved at St. Edward’s, participating in the Hilltop Leaders program, the Hilltop Hospitality Team, the Business Living Learning Community, and had already travelled to Italy and South Africa with the university.

Kassie and her family will be remembered in prayer at a memorial Mass in Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel on Wednesday, November 8 at 5:15 pm. Members of the St. Edward’s community are welcome to attend and to join together to pray and support one another.

The Division of Student Affairs and Campus Ministry are available to offer support to those who were connected to Kassie. If you or someone you know is impacted by her passing, please reach out to any of the departments listed below. Simply call and ask to speak with someone. We are here to support you.

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