Marching Illini grieve loss of bandmate

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CENTRAL ILLINOIS, Ill. (WCIA) — The Marching Illini are grieving the loss of their beloved bandmate, Krista Roth.

Roth was a 4-year member of the Marching Illini, where she served as a trumpet section leader. She was in her last semester as an honor student in Chemical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

After graduation, she planned to work on Can Do Kids International water projects in Africa, before starting her first engineering job.

Marching Illini Band Director Barry Houser said Roth was, “really just a great role model. Not just a leader. She was very influential with so many people, not only in her section either, but throughout the Marching Illini and certainly here on campus.”

There will be a service on Saturday, January 30th at 11 a.m. at the Community Bible Fellowship in her hometown of El Paso, IL. It will be live-streamed on the church’s Facebook and YouTube pages. A small ensemble from the Marching Illini will perform at the ceremony.

In lieu of flowers, her family is asking that people donate to Can Do Kids International to bring clean, safe water to the kids in need in Africa.

Krista Roth will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved her.

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