Police in Chile are investigating as a homicide the weekend death of a 2014 graduate of Georgetown College, according to the Chilean news website Soychile.cl.
Erica Faith Hagan, 22, was found Saturday morning in the bathroom of her apartment on the campus of Colegio Bautista of Temuco, the website said. An official said she was killed with a sharp object.
She was from Murray, according to the Georgetown College website, and she graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in psychology with a minor in Spanish. Hagan had been in Chile since late July, Soychile.cl reported.
It also said that the Baptist school in Temuco announced Sunday that it was suspending classes and campus activities for two weeks while the investigation continued.
According to WKYT-TV, Hagan went to Chile as part of an agreement between Colegio Bautista and Georgetown College. She was an assistant to the English Department and was active with the Department of Christian Education.
She was scheduled to return home in December.
On Friday, the day before her body was found, Hagan posted an entry on her blog, "¿Donde en el Mundo?" (translation: Where in the World?). She noted that it was her second trip to Chile.
Hagan marveled at the beauty of the Andes mountains — "No masterpiece compares to God's masterpiece" — and the friendliness of the Chilean people. "Everyday I meet more people that invite me to be social with them and I love it." But, the self-described introvert wrote, "The hardest part is for me to take them up on it by asking them to keep me company during my free time."
She also wrote at length about her love for all things Kentucky, which she described as "the best place on Earth." She listed some of her favorite Kentucky things as "Sweet tea. Front porch sitting. Food with way too much salt and pepper to be health (sic), but it sure does taste good."
Georgetown College said on its website that it would hold a memorial service this week, but details were not available Sunday.