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Kayakers were ill prepared

A kayaking group apparently was ill prepared for the lethal combination of near-freezing temperatures, cold water and high winds that took the life of a Gonzaga University honors student April 1 at Rock Lake, according to a report released Tuesday by the Whitman County Sheriff’s Office. Chris Gormley, a GU freshman, died after capsizing in high winds and being immersed in the deep 7-mile-long lake for about an hour.

‘Brilliant’ young man gone too soon

They filled the front pews, all clad in blue T-shirts stamped with a single word on the front: “nerd.” They had come, these members of the Gonzaga Honors Program – like those who surrounded them in the packed University Chapel at Gonzaga’s College Hall – to celebrate the short but vivid life of Christopher James Gormley, their classmate, academic provocateur, outdoor enthusiast and proud fellow nerd.