Rep. Sean Casten explains the circumstances surrounding the death of his 17-year-old daughter Gwen

Rep. Sean Casten explains the circumstances surrounding the death of his 17 year old daughter Gwen

Gwen Casten had a deep love for music, and she started a school club that advocated for the reduction of gun violence, the protection of the environment, and the inclusion of LGBTQ+ allies.

Rep. Sean Casten (D-Illinois) has given more information about the death of his 17-year-old daughter, Gwen. He says that she died while she was sleeping.

In a brief tweet sent out on Monday, the office of the congressman announced that Gwen had passed away earlier that day.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the Downers Grove Police Department said it was called to a home in the suburbs of Chicago just before 7 a.m. where the teen had been found unresponsive, and first responders determined that she had passed away.

Casten made this statement in a lengthy statement that she released on Wednesday. She said that there were “no words to describe the hole in your heart when a child dies.”

“On Sunday night, we ate dinner together as a family, and after that, she left to spend some time with some of her friends.”

Rep. Sean Casten explains the circumstances surrounding the death
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“When she got home, she greeted Kara and me with a goodnight kiss, texted a friend to make sure she arrived home safely, and then she went to bed without waking up on Monday morning,” he wrote in the note.

The sole fact that we are aware of regarding her passing is that it was a tranquil event. The only thing we can learn from this is how important it is to cherish the time you spend with the people you care about.

We are looking for a reason. We want to have faith that the future will be better. However, the only thing that we have any influence over is the here and now.

Casten described his daughter as a “happy, healthy, well-adjusted young woman” who was looking forward to beginning her first year at the University of Vermont, where she intended to major in environmental science. Casten said that his daughter was looking forward to beginning her first year at the university.

She had a deep love for both music and political activism. At Downers Grove North High School, she participated in the jazz band, the wind ensemble, and the pit orchestra, all while playing the trumpet.

Gwen was motivated to start an Empowerment Club at her high school after the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, in 2018, which quickly grew to become one of the school’s most popular clubs.

The club “focused on everything from gun violence prevention to environmental protection to LGBTQ allyship to organizing Black Lives Matter rallies and registering students to vote,” Casten wrote.

According to the information provided in the bio section of Gwen’s Twitter account, she was also one of the co-founders of the Illinois chapter of March For Our Lives.

March For Our Lives is a student-led movement that was born in the aftermath of the Parkland shooting and works to end gun violence.

The note that Casten left was signed by all three of the family members: Casten, his wife Kara, and their daughter Audrey, who is 14 years old.

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