Katie Meyer’s parents speak out about her death
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The parents of Katie Meyer, the Stanford goaltender who died by suicide on Tuesday, are speaking out about her death and hoping to help other parents avoid the same situation.
Steve and Gina Meyer went on The Today Show on Friday and spoke candidly about the death of their daughter and how they are coping with such an unimaginable tragedy.
“She committed suicide,” Gina Meyer told The Today Show. “The last few days are like a parent’s worst nightmare and you don’t wake up from it. So it’s just awful.
“I don’t even think it’s hit us yet. We’re still in shock. But we had no red flags.”
The Meyers, who describe themselves as a close-knit family, spoke to Katie often but have no straight answers as to why their daughter decided to take her own life. In her last conversation with Katie, a FaceTime call just hours before her death, Steve said she was “your usual cheery Katie.”
“She was excited,” Gina said of the FaceTime call. “She was very busy. She was busy. But she was happy. She was in the best of moods.”
The Meyer family would like more communication between parents and school
Steve said they had a lead as to why Katie took her own life: a disciplinary letter from the school.
“Katie, who is Katie, was defending a teammate on campus over an incident and the fallout from her defense of that teammate [were possibly resulting in disciplinary action]’ Steven Meyer said on TODAY.
“We haven’t seen that email yet,” Gina said. “She had been getting letters for a few months. That letter was sort of the last letter that there would be a trial or anything. That’s the only thing we can think of that triggered something.”
It’s not publicly known what the incident was or what role Katie was involved in, but the Meyers only found out about it after Katie’s death. That’s one of the reasons they’re speaking out. They want to encourage more communication between parents and university administrators — something that can be difficult because college students who are 18 or older are of legal age.
Little did they know their 22-year-old daughter was upset about something and believe that if it had been brought to their attention, they would have a chance to step in and possibly stop it.
“We’re in trouble right now,” Gina said. “We are struggling to know what happened and why it happened. We’re just heartbroken, so heartbroken.”