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Texas college student killed during Siberian study hike

June 17, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Texas Tech University student participating in a University of Texas study program in Russia has died in a fall.

University of Texas officials say Elmer Arrieta, a graduate student at Texas Tech’s College of Architecture, has been killed while hiking on Olkhon Island in Eastern Siberia.

The 27-year-old Arrieta, an El Paso native, was one of 20 students involved in the hike Saturday on the island about 3,400 miles (5,471 kilometers) east of Moscow and north of Mongolia.

University of Texas Dean of Students Soncia Reagins-Lilly says Arrieta’s parents have been notified and the school is providing assistance to them. School counselors also have been sent to Irkutsk, the major city in the area.

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