Texas: Professor's mom killed by hippo

Family was on safari when 75-year-old woman attacked by hippopotamus

EL PASO, Texas -  (KTSM)  A tragic accident in Tanzania took the life of  the mother of the University of Texas ElPaso's dean of the College of Science.

Carol Kirken, 75, mother of Dr. Robert Kirken, died in her son's arms after being attacked by a hippopotamus on during a safari last week.

According to multiple media reports, Kirken , her son and other family members were on a safari in Tanzania when the tragic incident happened. .

The story of Carol's death has spread over social media in the last week as well-wisher's have sent their condolences to the woman who was described by many as a pillar of her community.

Family is still working to get Carol Kirken's body back to the United States for a funeral, but a memorial is scheduled Sunday, August 20, in her hometown of Rochester, Michigan.

Dr. Kirken has been the Professor and Chair at UTEP since 2005.

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