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Western student and Ekklesia community member dies

Western junior Woodrow Moore, 21, died Tuesday morning, April 21.

The cause of death was medical in nature, though the specific circumstances have not been released.

Moore was a prominent member of the church community Ekklesia in Bellingham.

Logan Meyers, a good friend of Moore and a Western senior, met Moore at a church service two and a half years ago when Moore was a freshman.

He described Moore as one the fundamental leaders at Ekklesia due to his all-inclusive nature.

“Woody was the best picture of someone who would always put others before himself,” Meyers said. “He walked with such humility that when you talked with him you couldn’t help but feel comforted and loved.”

Garret Shelsta, the pastor at Ekklesia, knew Moore well and described his ability to interact with everyone he met like a best friend.

“Woody was one of the centers of joy in this community,” Shelsta said. “He was an example to everyone in the community, and he will be missed significantly.”

The Western Counseling Center announced that it is available to provide support and communicate with students who knew Moore. Students can call the Counseling Center at 360-650-3164.

A memorial service will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at Norway Hall, 1419 North Forest St., Bellingham. In lieu of flowers or cards, the family requests that donations be made to either the Junior Diabetes Research Foundation at http://jdrf.org or to Young Life at http://younglife.org.

The Western Front will update this story as more details are released.

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