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Tech athlete, 21, dies in apartment


Indiana Tech students are mourning the loss of one of their own.

At a candlelight vigil Monday night dozens students and staff gathered to remember senior Warriors volleyball player Elizabeth “Liz” Lykowski.

Lykowski, 21, of Ottawa Lake, Mich., was found dead in her Cornwallis Road apartment Sunday just after 5 p.m., according to an Allen County Sheriff’s Department report.

Foul play is not suspected, police said.

“We’re a pretty small college and the loss of any life like that is hard,” said Janet Schutte, Indiana Tech spokeswoman. “It was pretty unexpected.”

Schutte said she learned from the Allen County Coroner’s Office that Lykowski had a congenital heart defect.

Dr. E. Jon Brandenberger, Allen County coroner, confirmed Monday an autopsy was performed on Lykowski but did not release details on the cause of her death.

About 3,000 students attend Indiana Tech.

Teammate Laura Booker, a senior, said Lykowski was one of four girls who started as freshmen on the school’s first women’s volleyball team.

“Liz was very important to every single one of us,” she told mourners at the vigil. “She was loved by so many – not just by us on the team.”

Others described Lykowski as hardworking and determined. The senior was studying business administration.

“She enjoyed living, she enjoyed working out,” said her older brother, Josh Lykowski. “She was in the best shape of anyone probably I’ve personally met. You don’t expect this kind of thing to happen.”

Terri Lykowski, said her daughter loved to take pictures. The youngest of four siblings, Lykowski, also played sports in high school.

Funeral arrangements are being prepared in Michigan. A volleyball match scheduled today against Cornerstone University has been canceled in light of Lykowski’s death, Schutte said.