By Calvin Palmer
A Virginia college student out collecting frogs for a biology class was shot dead yesterday by a hunter who mistook her and her classmates for deer.
A Ferrum College spokeswoman says three students were collecting frogs yesterday afternoon along a trail, a mile west of campus.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries said 23-year-old Jessica Goode was shot and killed and 20-year-old Regis J. Boudinot was shot in the hand. The third student was unhurt.
Jason David Cloutier, 31, of Ferrum, was charged with manslaughter, reckless handling of a firearm and trespassing.
A memorial service held this morning was addressed by Sam Catron, Ferrum’s Student Government Association president.
Catron described Goode as someone who always wore her heart on her sleeve and did what she wanted.
The service “helped a lot of people,” he said. “We were able to share Jess. Share the love that she gave.”
A Facebook page of remembrance has also been created.
Goode would have graduated from Ferrum next month and had talked about moving out of state, possibly to Colorado or California.