Community mourns NKY woman killed in cliff fall

Posted at 5:43 PM, Mar 21, 2016

LAKESIDE PARK, Ky. — Katie Stewart and her twin sister turned 22 on March 14.

Her father, Tom, said the Notre Dame Academy grad and Transylvania University student was coming home to Kenton County Saturday when she stopped at Raven Run Nature Sanctuary, where she would eventually slip off a cliff and fall to her death.

“It’s so sad and tragic that her beautiful, wonderful life was ended way too soon,” said Notre Dame Academy President Laura Koehl, after learning of Katie’s death.

“Katie, I think, was a very open and welcoming person. She made people feel good about who they are,” she said.

Koehl said Katie was one of two student body co-presidents her senior year at the Park Hills high school.

“She was very involved,” Koehl said. “She worked closely with the students. She got to know them well and did things that were in their best interest.”

Tom called her a “brilliant” student, for whom academics came easily. Katie was studying Spanish and communications at Transylvania.

She also worked at Crank and Boom Ice Cream Lounge in Lexington, and handled social media and marketing there.

Co-workers and friends gathered for a vigil Sunday night.