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Remembering Isabella Gozzo

Suffolk University mourns the loss of first-year student Isabella Gozzo, 19, who passed away Saturday morning after sustaining fatal injuries as a passenger in a tragic car accident. The accident occurred on Route 9 in Berlin, Connecticut around 2:15 am.

Despite such a tragic end to such a young life, Gozzo is remembered lovingly by those who knew her at Suffolk University.

“Isabella was not like every other girl, but that’s what made her so special. She loved football, music, space, Victoria’s Secret, and flowers. She was known as a “Flower Child” to almost everyone who knew her,” said friend and classmate Kailynn Abrams, “Her passion for life was so indescribable. She was so unique that her absence will be deeply felt by all who had the privilege to call her a friend.”

Gozzo was a Communications and Journalism major at Suffolk, aspiring to be a sports newscaster one day.

“She loved sports. She was such a tomboy,” remembered Bradley D’Amato, a friend and classmate who knew Gozzo long before they came to Suffolk. He said she was a passionate Dallas Cowboys fan, “like borderline fanatic.”

D’Amato isn’t the only one who remembered Gozzo’s love of sports. “People knew her as the girl who sat in front of the TV every Sunday watching football and knew every play and player on almost every team,” said friend and classmate Jonathan McTague.

Besides her love of sports, Gozzo was known for her catching smile and her love of life. McTague remembers laughing with Gozzo and playing Frisbee with her and their friend Holly Driscoll in the Boston Common.

“She had the kindest heart and the biggest heart,” said McTague, “Whether we were walking to our 8 am math class or doing homework together she would always put a smile on my face as well as our other friends.”

“She was ambitious, passionate, caring, and hilarious. She had the greatest laugh,” said D’Amato.

Abrams recalled how she and Gozzo clicked early on when they met at orientation, referring to her as “my dearest Flower Child.” From there they stayed in touch, excited for the year to come.

“She was a friend like no other. Anytime I needed a shoulder to cry on or just some advice she was there, with nothing but the best advice. She always had a smile that lit up the room and a laugh that was contagious. She was the life of the party and I will cherish the memories we shared forever and never forget,” said Abrams.

Gozzo was also on Program Council during her time at Suffolk, specifically on the traditions and special events committee. She joined during the Temple Street fair with her friends Kailynn Abrams and Ashleigh Roebuck. Abrams recalled other plans she and Gozzo had to get further involved next semester.

“We did not want to join in too many activities and get in over our heads, but second semester Izz and I were planning on joining the Radio Show Club and someday starting up our own radio show,” said Abrams, “We would always joke around saying how we would be famous DJ’s and people all over the world would love our songs.”

Memories of Gozzo have been cherished as those who knew her came together to mourn the loss of her brief, but brilliant, life.

“To describe the short time I knew Isabella I would use the words life changing and unforgettable,” said McTague, “My prayers go out to her amazing, loving family and friends.”

In a statement emailed to the Suffolk community, Dean of Students Nancy Stoll wrote, “The loss of such a young vibrant life is an unspeakable tragedy. We extend our deepest sympathies to her family and to all who knew and loved her. Isabelle will be missed on her residence hall floor, in her classes, with her friends and in the hearts of all of us who care about each and every student.”

Abrams wrote a loving note in farewell to Gozzo: “You are my best friend always and I don’t know what I am going to do without you by my side. 150 Tremont will not be the same. How did a life full of plans and dreams turn into a single semester? Rest in Peace my Beautiful VS Angel. Always and Forever – your Moonchild.”

According to local reports, Cheshire High School, where Gozzo graduated in spring 2014, held a vigil on the football field last Saturday night. After loving stories were shared, flower-shaped balloons were released into the night sky. A shooting star is reported to have been seen dashing behind the ascending balloons.

Whether students were close to Gozzo, or only knew her in passing, her smile and her kindness will be remembered and missed throughout the Suffolk University community.

Gozzo’s friend and classmate Ben Pompilus created this original music video in memory of their friendship and the love Gozzo inspired in others.

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