Parents of Soccer Player Katie Meyer Reflect on Their Daughter in First Interview Since Her Death

Steve and Gina Meyer, the parents of the late Stanford soccer star Katie Meyer, opened up about their grief in the wake of their daughter’s passing.

By Tamantha Gunn Mar 04, 2022 2:29 PMTags
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Following news of her passing, the parents of Stanford soccer star Katie Meyer are honoring their daughter's memory.
In an interview with Today on March 4, Steve and Gina Meyer opened up about the devastating loss of their 22-year-old daughter, who was found deceased in her campus residence on March 1. During the conversation, both Steve and Gina offered a glimpse into the circumstances in the weeks before their daughter's death, explaining that Katie was scared she would face disciplinary action from the university over an incident she was involved with. 
Steve said his daughter was possibly facing punishment for "defending a teammate on campus over an incident."
Gina, who wore her late daughter's red sweatshirt during the interview, added that they have not seen the email yet, but Katie was receiving letters about the potential disciplinary action for the last few months. "This letter was kind of the final letter that there was going to be a trial or some kind of something," she said. "This is the only thing that we can come up with that triggered something."

Stanford Soccer Player Katie Meyer's Cause of Death Revealed

Gina confirmed reports that Katie died by suicide, saying that the last few days have been a "parent's worst nightmare."
Katie's parents also shared on Today that they spoke to their daughter on FaceTime, just hours before her death. Gina said she "was excited," but "had a lot on her plate."
"She had a lot going on," Gina continued. "But she was happy. She was in great spirits."

Steve added that Katie was "just the usual jovial Katie."

Steve and Gina are currently working towards improving communication between college administrators and parents, in hopes that this tragedy won't happen to another student.  
"We're just we're struggling right now," Gina said. "We are struggling to know what happened, and why it happened. We're just heartbroken, so heartbroken."

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