BY BRADEN CARTWRIGHT
Daily Post Staff Writer
Saturday, March 5: The parents of Katie Meyer, the star Stanford soccer player whose death shocked and dismayed her fellow students and the sports world, said yesterday (March 4) that they’re struggling to know what happened to their daughter, and why she took her own life in a dorm room on Tuesday just months before she would graduate.
Steve and Gina Meyer made an emotional appearance on the “Today” show and said the only clue they have is an email Katie received telling her that she was in trouble.
“Katie, being Katie, was defending a teammate on campus over an incident and the repercussions of her defending that teammate (were possibly resulting in disciplinary action),” Steve Meyer said.
Katie had been getting letters for months about “a trial,” and the latest email was the university’s final decision, Gina Meyer said.
Steve and Gina said they haven’t seen the email and didn’t expand on the situation with Katie’s teammate.
“That’s the only thing we can come up with that may have triggered something,” Gina Meyer said.
Steve and Gina said that they spoke with Katie just hours before she died. She had a lot on her plate, but she was happy and in great spirits, Gina Meyer said.
“The usual jovial Katie,” Steve Meyer said.
Katie, 22, a senior majoring in International Relations, was a captain and goalkeeper for Stanford Women’s Soccer. Between school and sports, she was facing a lot of pressure, Gina said.
“There is anxiety and there is stress to be perfect, to be the best, to be No. 1,” Gina Meyer said.
Gina and Steve Meyer said they are speaking out so other parents don’t suffer the same tragedy.
“The last couple of days are a parent’s worst nightmare,” Gina said. “And you don’t wake up from it, so it’s just horrific.”
Gina Meyer wore a sweater that Katie was wearing in one of her last social media posts. “It smells like Katie … and I want to be close to her,” Gina Meyer said.
Friday, March 4: Katie Meyer, the star Stanford soccer player whose death sent shockwaves across campus, died by suicide, the Santa Clara County medical examiner-coroner announced yesterday (March 3).
Meyer, 22, was a captain and goalkeeper for Stanford Women’s Soccer. She was found in the dorm room where she was a resident assistant on Tuesday, and the university identified her on Wednesday.
The coroner said in a statement that Meyer’s death was self-inflicted and there was no foul play. Further details weren’t released.
Meyer, a senior majoring in International Relations, is at least the third Stanford student to die by suicide in the last 13 months. Medical student Rose Wong, 25, died in her dorm on Feb. 2, 2021. Undergraduate Jacob Meisel, 23, was killed by a train in Palo Alto on Aug. 2. And law student Dylan Simmons, 27, was found dead in his dorm on Jan. 20. The cause of Simmons’ death hasn’t been released.
Hundreds of students gathered on the soccer field on Wednesday to mourn Meyer. She was remembered as a confident and energetic leader and an advocate for women’s sports.
Wednesday, March 2: Katie Meyer, a goalkeeper and team captain for Stanford Women’s Soccer, died in her dorm yesterday (March 1), the university announced. She was 22.
The university didn’t release the circumstances surrounding her death or the cause.
Meyer, a senior majoring in International Relations, was “extraordinarily committed to everything and everyone in her world,” said Susie Brubaker-Cole, the vice provost for student affairs.
“Her friends describe her as a larger-than-life team player in all her pursuits,” Brubaker-Cole wrote. “Katie was a bright shining light for so many on the field and in our community.”
Meyer made two key saves in a penalty shootout against North Carolina to help Stanford win its third NCAA women’s soccer championship in 2019.
The saves, and her fired-up celebration afterwards, made it on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” that night.
Meyer attended high school in Newbury Park, where she also played soccer and kicked for the football team.
Meyer is survived by her parents, Steven and Gina Meyer, and her sisters, Samantha and Siena.
Meyer was a resident assistant in her dorm.
Brubaker-Cole said the university is offering counseling at her residence hall and to student athletes. Details about opportunities to remember her as a community will be released later on.
Tuesday, March 1: A Stanford undergraduate student has been found dead in an on-campus residence, the university announced today (March 1).
Details about who the student was or how he or she died were not included in a notice from Susie Brubaker-Cole, the vice president of student affairs.
Police said there is no ongoing threat.
The university is reaching out to the student’s friends and families to provide support, Brubaker-Cole said.
“We are all heartbroken about this immense tragedy,” Brubaker-Cole said. “As more information becomes available, we will share it with you.”
Help is available
If you or somebody you know is in crisis, call the 24-hour National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 (800) 273-8255.