Simmons University student dies in crash in Mexico – NBC 7 San Diego
A 20-year-old woman from Newburyport, Massachusetts, died while vacationing in Cancun, Mexico, according to his obituary.
Leah “Lee” Pearse was studying to become a nurse at Simmons University in Boston and worked as a certified practical nurse at Mass General Hospital.
Pearse was locked out of her Airbnb in Cancun early in the morning of January 6, when she tried to get inside through the third-floor balcony. She slipped, fell and died instantly, according to her obituary.
The young woman was described as “an exceptional person who encompassed the full range of human emotions with such depth and compassion for others that her presence was bright and shining to all who knew her,” her obituary said.
His family spoke to NBC10 Boston on Thursday, sharing their memories and grief.
“The last thing I said to her,” her father, Reggie Pearse recalled, “I just said, ‘Be careful,’ and she said, ‘I’ll try, dad. “”
“She was extremely unpredictable, extremely eccentric, extremely funny,” her sister Anna Pearse recalled.
Pearse graduated from Classical Academy at Haverhill High School in 2020 before heading to Simmons.
“The Simmons University family is heartbroken over the loss of junior Leah Pearse, an active and beloved member of our community,” school president Lynn Perry Wooten said in a statement. “Known for her confidence, compassion and sense of humour, Leah brought out the best in others. Her lifelong goal was to become a nurse and she was an outstanding student in the accelerated five-year undergraduate program. in Science and Masters of Nursing. We send our deepest thoughts and condolences to Leah’s family, friends and all members of our community affected by this tragedy. Counseling and support services are available for students and employees.
“As a parent, I won’t be able to appreciate the trajectory she was on,” Reggie Pearse said. “I can only imagine what the future would have been like.”
Her final hours were spent on the beach with her boyfriend, Bobby.
“All day they sang ‘C’est Amore,'” Anna Pearse said. “She was so in love with him.”
Her parents took some comfort in knowing that Leah was happy.
“She died at the top of her game,” her mother Amy Goldfarb said. “She was so happy. She was so in love. She had just gotten A’s. She was proud and excited about her future.”
Simmons University says counseling and support services are available for friends and employees.