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IMS girl’s death ruled an accident

Feb 08, 2018

By David Hotle, The JOURNAL


The Johnson County Medical Examiner’s office has announced the death of a 15-year-old girl who died after falling from a ladder at Iowa Mennonite School (IMS) has been ruled an accident.

Administrative director Clayton Schuneman said Thursday morning the cause of Teresa Cardenas’ death has been listed on her death certificate as blunt force injury to the head and neck.

Schuneman said the office had conducted an investigation into Cardenas’ death in conjunction with the Johnson County Sheriff’s office. He said the only information he is legally allowed to release is what is on the death certificate, which is the cause and manner of death.

Cardenas reportedly died due to a fall at an all-school social on Dec. 1, 2017, according to a news release from IMS. She had reportedly been climbing a ladder at the time of the fall. According to the release from principal Steve Schrag, Cardenas, a student at the school, died after emergency crews worked to revive her after the fall, but were unable to. Schrag said in the release that this is a devastating loss for Teresa’s family and for the community.

“Please pray for Teresa’s mother Mireya, brothers Carlos and Michael and father Carlos,” Schrag wrote. On the school’s social media site, hundreds of people posted their prayers for the family and for the IMS community after the tragedy.

Cardenas’ funeral was held at IMS on Dec. 6, 2017.

According to the obituary, Cardenas was born May 2, 2002, in Iowa City, the daughter of Carlos Cardenas and Mireya Mendoza.

She played basketball, soccer, and sang with the IMS choir.

She enjoyed volunteering, painting and writing poetry and was active at Torre Fuerte/First Mennonite MYF in Iowa City.

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