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Campus reacts to students death in Portage Co. crash

STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - UW-Stevens Point students and staff are mourning the loss of two lives that were taken too soon.

"I was just shocked,"' said Cassie Bright, a sophomore at the university.

Seniors Alex Reeder and Katie Axlen's motorcycle ride turned tragic Monday afternoon. They were both killed after officers say a van hit their bike. Now, students who knew them are reacting to the loss.

"I called my dad immediately, and it doesn't feel real when someone you actually know is just gone like that,” said Bright. “It's just shocking."

According to the university, Axlen was a biology major from Mukwonago. Reeder was a psychology major from Wisconsin Rapids. He was also involved in ROTC.

"He was just a free spirit,” said Bright. “He just loved life and getting out there and doing stuff and having fun and being adventurous, and he always had awesome stories to tell and a way to make people laugh."

Faculty are also in disbelief.

"The reason that it's really hard to lose students is that we mourn not only the people that they were, but we also mourn the potential that the world has lost," said Kate Worster, UWSP director of relations and communications.

Students are remembering the good times with Reeder and Axlen.

"His passion for life and his fun loving adventurous sense," said Bright. "You could tell she was passionate about motorcycles and having fun on them. So she definitely ended doing something she loved."

Now, the shaken campus tries to recover from a big loss.

Leaders say the university's counseling services are available to anyone who needs support.

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