More information is starting to come out on what possibly happened with Katie Meyer.
The Stanford soccer goalie was facing potential disciplinary action from the university before she took her own life — a factor that may have contributed to her tragic death, according to her devastating parents.
“Katie, being Katie, was defending a teammate on campus over an incident, and the repercussions of her defending that teammate [were possibly resulting in disciplinary action],” her father, Steve, told NBC’s “Today” show.
Meyer’s mother, Gina, coould be seen wearing her daughter’s sweater during the emotional interview, saying it smelled like her and helped ease the searing pain of the loss of her daughter.
The 22-year-old, who was found dead in her dorm room Tuesday, was months away from graduation. Meyer’s parents believe she got an email from Stanford about the possible disciplinary action before she died.
“We have not seen that email yet,” Gina Meyer said. “She had been getting letters for a couple of months. This letter was kind of the final letter that there was going to be a trial or some kind of something. This is the only thing that we can come up with that triggered something.”
“She died by suicide,” the sobbing mom said. “The last couple days are like a parent’s worst nightmare, and you don’t wake up from it. So it’s just horrific.”
Steve Meyer said his daughter previously defended a teammate on campus during an unspecified incident and the potential discipline she faced may have weighed heavily on her.
Gina Meyer said the couple are now desperately searching for answers.
“We’re just, we’re struggling right now,” she said. “We’re struggling to know what happened. And why it happened, you know? We’re just, like, heartbroken, we’re so heartbroken.”