Posted by on February 4, 2020 4:45 am

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The Marian Catholic High School community is mourning the loss of one of its students this week.

Lexi Tessitore, of Sugarloaf Twp. in Luzerne County, would have been a senior in the 2019-20 school term, died Friday, Jan. 31. She was just 17 years old.

Marian Catholic Student Dies from 2019 Vehicle Accident Injuries

Tessitore spent much of the last 7 months in a coma. On July 6, 2019, Tessitore was involved in a horrific vehicle accident along Route 924 in East Union Township. She underwent multiple surgeries in several hospitals to repair brain damage and other injuries sustained in the crash last year.

She died Friday. In school on Monday, students at Marian Catholic held a special School Mass and Adoration in their Theology classes.

“We keep Lexi and her family in our prayers, and lift her up to eternal light,” the school writes on its Facebook page. Our Marian family grieves with the Tessitore family for their loss.”

Online, friends, family, and alumni from Marian Catholic are expressing their grief for the Tessitore family.

“May her memory be eternal. Prayers for her, her family and her Marian family,” one person writes.

GoFundMe Campaign for Lexi Tessitore

According to a GoFundMe page raising money for Tessitore’s burial costs, a person writes on behalf of the grieving family that they were getting ready to bring the Marian student home from months of surgery and rehabilitation.

The campaign page notes that previously, $10,000 raised to cover Tessitore’s medical expenses was used to purchase a wheelchair-accessible van just last week, prior to her unexpected death.

lexi tessitore gofundme

This new campaign seeks money for Tessitore’s burial, sadly. But as of publishing this post, the campaign raised $4,500 of the $10,000 goal.

Campaign organizer Rose Gallagher writes on behalf of the Tessitore family, “This GoFundMe account is being created to help in the burial costs for Lexi. Any donation you can make will be extremely gratefully appreciated by the Tessitore/McCarthy family. All of the funds raised will go directly to Renee and Chris. This tragedy is every parents worst nightmare.”

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