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Notre Dame fencer dies in car accident

Sophomore Spencer Vermeule was a resident of Keenan Hall

Notre Dame student Spencer Vermeule died Saturday afternoon in a car accident in Elkhart County.

Vermeule, 20, was a sophomore from Cambridge, Massachusetts, studying in the Mendoza College of Business and the College of Arts and Letters, according to an email students received from the Division of Student Affairs Sunday morning. He lived in Keenan Hall and was on the fencing team.

“Together we mourn the loss of Spencer Vermeule and pray for his family, loved ones and all those who are impacted by his passing,” Notre Dame Athletics wrote in a tweet Sunday around noon.

Vermeule was driving east on County Road 8 when his car left the road near Songbird Way around 2 p.m., according to the Elkhart County Sheriff’s Office. His car collided with a large tree and rolled onto its roof.

Vermeule, who was driving by himself, was pronounced dead at the scene, the sheriff’s office said.

Several dorm Masses on Sunday evening were offered for Vermeule and those mourning his loss. 

The Division of Student Affairs announced Monday in an email to students that a Mass in memory of Vermeule will be held on Tuesday at 9 p.m. in the Basilica. University president, Fr. John Jenkins, will preside and assistant vice president for campus ministry, Fr. Pete McCormick, will preach. All are welcome to attend the Mass, and it will be live-streamed. 

Editor’s Note: This is a developing story and will be updated.