Deane Kenny Stryker, the 22-year-old woman who died Saturday following a stabbing at Winchester Public Library, “showed great promise as a student doctor who was passionate about medicine and helping others,” according to her university’s president.
The Winchester High School graduate was a first-year student in University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, UNE President James Herbert wrote in a Facebook post Sunday evening. That same evening, according to The Boston Globe, a Middlesex District Attorney spokeswoman identified Stryker as the victim of Saturday’s stabbing that also left a 77-year-old man injured. Jeffrey Yao, 23, of Winchester, was arrested at the scene and has been charged with murder and armed assault with intent to murder.
Herbert said the university will have support staff available to students this week. Read his full statement below:
I was shocked and saddened to learn of the death of one of our students, Deane “Kenny” Stryker, who was killed on Saturday. We send our deepest condolences to Deane’s family and friends, who are facing an unthinkable tragedy.
A first-year student in the UNE College of Osteopathic Medicine, Deane was just beginning her journey toward becoming a physician and showed great promise as a student doctor who was passionate about medicine and helping others.
She was an advocate for domestic violence and mental health awareness, and an active member of her college community. She served as an orientation leader and was part of a student organization that provides confidential peer support to other students who need a place to turn when they are struggling.
The university will have support staff on hand this week to provide counseling to any students who need it.