Belmont student killed in Williamson County during Wednesday storms
A previous version of a statement from Belmont University included the incorrect reference for a cited Bible verse. This story has been updated to correct the error.
A 22-year-old woman is dead in Williamson County after severe storms blew through Middle Tennessee early Wednesday evening. The storms triggered tornado warnings, ripped down trees and power lines and damaged structures.
Laurel Flaherty, originally from Massachusetts, was killed when a tree fell on her car along Old Natchez Trace on Wednesday afternoon, officials said. Flaherty graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in social work from Belmont University in May and was in her first year at the university’s law school. Belmont president Greg Jones released a statement Thursday about her death.
“We are all devastated by today’s news, and we have reached out to her family, faculty and classmates to offer our support and deepest condolences,” Jones said. “I am again reminded of Psalm 34:18: ‘The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.’ Our prayers today are with Laurel’s family and all who knew and loved her.”
Belmont will also extend support services and resources to the campus community, Jones said.