Katie Meyer, a student and standout goalkeeper of the women’s soccer team at Stanford University, was found dead in an on-campus residence, according to university officials.
The team captain led Stanford to an NCAA women’s championship in 2019 and was a senior majoring in international relations.
“Her friends describe her as a larger-than-life team player in all her pursuits, from choosing an academic discipline she said ‘changed my perspective on the world and the very important challenges that we need to work together to overcome,’ to the passion she brought to the Cardinal women’s soccer program and to women’s sports in general,” Stanford said in a statement on its website.
The Stanford community has suffered an unimaginable loss. Our thoughts & love are with Katie’s family & friends. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/3qXOyx7atO
— Stanford Athletics (@GoStanford) March 2, 2022
We love you, Katie. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/vkrAisQABi
— Stanford Women's Soccer (@StanfordWSoccer) March 2, 2022
Katie Meyer, the captain of the Stanford women’s soccer team, has died. She was 22 years old.
— ESPN (@espn) March 2, 2022
The thoughts and hearts of the entire U.S. Soccer Federation are with the family, friends, teammates and loved ones of Katie Meyer. https://t.co/xSuCQJPk1P
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) March 2, 2022
Katie Meyer made me a fan of hers when she did this.. May her soul rest peacefully & sending prayers to her family, friends & other loved ones.. So sad 😢
— Ashley Ja'Terria (@All_N_Yo_Tweets) March 2, 2022
The San Francisco Chronicle reported:
The United States Soccer Federation also expressed its condolences, tweeting, “The thoughts and hearts of the entire U.S. Soccer Federation are with the family, friends, teammates and loved ones of Katie Meyer.”
Campbell Hoskins, a first-year student at Crothers Hall where Meyer was a residence assistant, said Meyer was a kind presence in the dorm and that she was known to advocate for mental health.
“Her personality was alive,” Hoskins said. “She was just nice to everyone. … It’s just terrible.”
The university offered a range of counseling services to students. It did not announce Meyer’s cause of death.
“There are no words to express the emptiness that we feel at this moment,” the university said. “We can all help by checking in on friends and loved ones. Be caring to yourselves and one another.”
The team gathered on Ueland Field on Wednesday afternoon, many of the players emotional as they embraced and comforted one another.
Carter Henderson, Stanford’s associate athletics director, said the university would not make Meyer’s teammates or coaches available for interviews, citing the team’s desire for privacy.
As ESPN noted, no cause of death was released:
Her death occurred in an on-campus residence, according to the university, but a cause of death was not provided.
While no cause of death has been confirmed, many speculate Katie’s tragic death could possibly be related to an adverse event from the COVID-19 jab.
— Jess ✨ (@JessClarke007) March 3, 2022
As stated on Stanford Student Affairs:
All students coming to campus are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. In addition, booster shots are required.
Eligible Stanford students had to show proof of receiving a COVID-19 booster by January 31, 2022, unless they had a medical or religious accommodation.
But until a cause of death is confirmed, a link to the COVID-19 jab is purely speculation.
We will provide further updates when they become available.