Hightower, a University of Portland 2009 graduate and an alumnus of Jesuit high school Bellarmine Prepatory, was volunteering in Haiti when the Port-au-Prince earthquake struck. She worked with orphaned children, whom she referred to as “my babies” on her blog, with Friends of the Orphans, a nonprofit with hundreds of volunteers.
Hightower, 22, was on the fifth floor of the orphanage when the earthquake hit. Her family was told early this morning that her body was recovered in the wreckage, which Friends of the Orphans confirms on its Web site.
Hightower has friends at Seattle University who were told this morning of her death. Bellarmine Prep graduates are not hard to find on Seattle University’s campus, and her uncle is Fr. Craig Hightower, S.J. of Gonzaga University.
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