‘‘She was an incredible young woman. She was always optimistic,’’ said Ryan Hanley, a founder of the group. ‘‘She always had a smile on her face and incredible devotion to serving others.’’
Johns Hopkins officials mourned her death in a letter on Sunday to students, faculty and alumni. Smedinghoff graduated in 2009. In the letter, University President Ronald J. Daniels praised her work on the symposium, her involvement in her sorority, Kappa Alpha Theta, and her involvement outside campus too.
‘‘Her selfless action for others was nothing new,’’ he wrote.
Funeral arrangements for Smedinghoff are pending.
Associated Press writer Michael Tarm contributed to this report from Chicago.
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