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STATEMENT: uOttawa mourning loss of Gee-Gees football player Loic Kayembe

Students Services Job Fair
Monday September 25, 2017
Loic Kayembe smiling on the field.
Greg Mason

The University of Ottawa is mourning the loss of Loic Kayembe, a 24-year-old social sciences and arts student, originally from Montreal, and beloved member of the Gee-Gees football team since 2015. Loic passed away suddenly in his sleep early Sunday morning.

A starting defensive end for the Gee-Gees, Loic brought energy and joy to the game and to his teammates. He was a core member of a tightly knit defensive unit, many of whom are from Montreal and were football teammates together at Montmorency College. The entire Gee-Gees team is deeply affected by this loss.

Loic’s vibrant personality radiated far beyond the football team to his classmates and fellow Gee-Gees on other varsity teams.

The entire University of Ottawa community and all Gee-Gees wish to express their sincerest condolences to Loic’s family.

A commemorative ceremony will be held prior to the Panda Game scheduled on September 30th. For now, the family and members of the team request privacy during this difficult time.