Teacher remembers UK student killed in South Korea

Anne Gieske

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WLEX) – Communities around Kentucky are mourning the loss of Anne Gieske, the University of Kentucky student who was killed in a crowd crush in South Korea over the weekend.

Gieske graduated from Beechwood High School two years ago.

This school’s band director, Austin Bralley, says Gieske was a one-of-a-kind student who could have done anything.

“She could’ve studied music,” Bralley said. “She was a good enough musician to do that, but she felt that her calling was in nursing and helping people and taking care of others. And I was very proud of that decision for her. She could’ve done anything she wanted, and she wanted to go into a selfless field like that.”

Bralley described Gieske as “magnetic,” saying everyone loved to be around her.

The University of Kentucky’s president released a statement after her passing, saying in part, “We have been in contact with Anne’s family and will provide whatever support we can.”

Gieske was also the niece of Ohio congressman Brad Wenstrup, who said, “She was a gift from God to our family.”

Gieske’s parents, Dan and Madonna, said their daughter was “bright and loved by all.”

Beechwood High School’s educators agreed, saying she left a lasting impact on the community.

The Fort Mitchell community is stopping to remember what Gieske meant, not only here in her hometown but everywhere she went.