Texas Tech University

Candlelight vigil held for Kris Petterson

Department of Plant & Soil Science

October 27, 2021

candlelight vigil held in the TTU Horticultural Gardens
photo courtesy of the Daily Toreador

On October 24, friends, family, and colleagues of Kris Petterson came together in the TTU Horticultural Gardens to celebrate her life and mourn her passing.  Petterson — a graduate student in Dr. Jyotsna Sharma's research group — was a dedicated student, brilliant scientist, talented artist, and a warm, lively, compassionate presence in the lives of all who had the pleasure of meeting her.  

Kris Petterson Memorial Garden
a plaque commemorates the Kris Petterson Memorial Garden | photo courtesy of the Daily Toreador

Candles were lit, memories were shared, and a memorial garden was dedicated in Kris' honor.  The evening was a beautiful tribute to a dearly missed young woman.  

Photographer Katie Perkins of the Daily Toreador did a beautiful job of capturing the gathering; there is a gallery of photos available on their website.