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Building Collapse Victim Identified As 24-Year-Old PAFA Student

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Anne Bryan. (credit: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts)

Anne Bryan. (credit: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts)

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PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – On Wednesday, a building collapse in Center City killed six and injured 14.

Anne Bryan, 24, a Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts student (PAFA), appears to be the youngest victim to die in the collapse.

She is the daughter of Philadelphia city’s Treasurer.

The collapse took place at about 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in a pair of low-rise buildings at 22nd and Market Streets, one of which was under demolition at the time (See Related Story).

On Thursday, PAFA President & CEO David R. Brigham released the following statement:

“It is with profound sadness that we announce the tragic and sudden passing of first year student Anne Bryan, a young member of your PAFA community.

Anne started as a full-time student in our Certificate program in fall 2012. She began her journey with us in our High School Summer Academy in 2006, and enrolled in Continuing Education classes as well.

Anne will be remembered here at PAFA by her friends and faculty as dynamic, inquisitive and smart. She believed in the importance of art, took her work seriously, and was very committed to learning, improving her skills and exploring different mediums as a means of expressing complex ideas. She described PAFA as a thought-provoking community where students are challenged by teachers and peers, and share a passion for art, growth, and achieving artistic goals.

We are saddened by the loss of this promising young artist and extend our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.”

The family of Anne also released a statement:

“Yesterday, our family suffered a devastating loss when our daughter, Anne Bryan, was taken from us. Anne was a brilliant and caring young woman just entering the prime of her life. She was an incredibly kind and loving person and her death has left a hole in the hearts of all who knew her.

An extremely talented artist, Anne possessed a passion for the arts and an ability to find beauty in everything around her. Anne lived her life with an open heart. She gave herself to her family, friends and anyone in need of help. Her generosity was limitless. No one could ask for a better daughter, sister or friend.

That she will not be here to continue to touch the lives of those around her is of intense pain to all of our family and her friends. This pain is fresh and it runs deep. As such, we ask that the media respect our request for privacy as we begin the grieving process.”

A memorial service is planned for Anne at PAFA at a date yet to be determined.

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