Please remember in your prayers University of St. Thomas student Alex Vitalis, 20, who died in a tragic accident after jumping from a cliff into the St. Croix River.

Alex had completed his first year at St. Thomas. He was the son of St. Thomas alumni Wade Vitalis and Carol Nagele-Vitalis of Shafer, Minn.

Chisago County deputies were called to the Franconia Landing on the St. Croix River Monday night after reports that a man jumped from a rock ledge on the Wisconsin side of the river and did not come back up. Alex’s body was found Tuesday. He was known to be a strong swimmer and was with friends when the accident occurred.

A funeral service will be at 4 p.m. Saturday at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, 561 Chestnut St., Taylors Falls, Minn. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, also at the church. The bells on the St. Paul campus will toll for five minutes beginning at 4:01 p.m. Saturday.

Members of the St. Thomas community who would like support or assistance in dealing with Alex’s death are welcome to contact Campus Ministry, (651) 962-6560, or Counseling and Psychological Services, (651) 962-6780.

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2 Responses

  1. Proscovia Nakuya

    May Alex’s soul rest in eternal peace!

    I also pray for the grieving family.May they find consolation and comfort in the Lord Jesus Christ who invites us to find rest in Him.(Come to me all you who labor and are burdened…Mt:11:28-30).