Adams State mourns loss of graduate student

Kayla Harris, Adams State graduate student and athlete killed in Las Vegas shooting. Photo courtesy of Adams State University

ALAMOSA– The Adams State University campus community mourns the loss of graduate student Kayla Harris, tragically shot to death in Las Vegas, Nev., along with three others.

“I am personally devasted to learn of Kayla’s tragic death,” said President David Tandberg, Ph.D. “On behalf of the entire Adams State community, I express my heartfelt condolences to her family and friends and the entire Grizzly community during this extremely difficult time. We are truly overcome with the grief.”

Adams State students, faculty, staff and coaches are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center, located on the third floor of Richardson Hall, for assistance during this difficult time. Counseling staff will be in the office Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. or can be reached at 719-587-7746 or [email protected]. The Colorado Crisis Services is available 24/7 at 844-493-8255 or text “TALK” to 38255.

Harris completed her bachelor’s degree in the fall of 2023 and was working on her Master’s in Business Administration. The campus community rallied around Kayla Harris and the entire women’s basketball team this spring as they made their way to the DII National Championship Tournament.

“Darin and I are so proud of all she accomplished at Adams State,” President Tandberg added. “We were privileged to watch Kayla excel on and off the court. It feels nearly impossible to understand and cope with losing a young woman so early in her promising life.”

As confirmed by her family, Harris was the victim of a shooting in her hometown of Las Vegas, Nev., on Monday, June 24, that left her and four others dead and another seriously injured.