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Irish “superstar” nun died in Ecuador earthquake while helping others escape

By WITW Staff on April 19, 2016

Sister Clare Crockett, a 33-year old nun from Ireland is one of at least 413 people who died in the Ecuador earthquake on Saturday, as she was trying to guide other people to safety. She died along with five Ecuadorian postulants (women in the early stages of becoming a nun) in the school building where they were living in Playa Prieta, as a stairwell collapsed. According to her cousin Emmet Doyle, who described her as a “superstar” who was loved by everyone, she was the last sister to be found: “She was trying to get them down the stairs and the staircase collapsed. We knew she was trapped but information has been slow to come out,” he said. “She died as she lived, helping others.” She had been a member of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother, teaching music to 400 children at the Colegio Sagrada Familia school. The five young postulants who died with her were identified by the Order as Jazmina, Mayra, Maria Augusta, Valeria and Catalina. The 7.8 earthquake that hit the country’s Pacific Coast on Saturday also injured at least 2,500 people and probably caused “billions” of dollars in damage, according to President Correa who called it the biggest tragedy to hit Ecuador in the past seven decades.

Read the full story at The Independent.