Kennesaw State student among those killed in S. Korea Halloween surge

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - OCTOBER 30: Emergency services transport a person after a stampede during a Halloween celebration October 30, 2022 in Seoul, South Korea. Fifty-nine people have been reported killed and at least 150 others were injured in a deadl

Over 150 people were reported dead after a Halloween crowd surge turned into a deadly stampede in South Korea. Among those who died was a student of Kennesaw State University.

Authorities said Steven Blesi was in the crowd as a party let out into a narrow alley in Seoul.


He was one of 11 students studying abroad in the city from KSU. Blesi was an international business major.

"On behalf of the entire Kennesaw State community, our thoughts and prayers go out to Steven’s family and friends as they mourn this incomprehensible loss," said Kennesaw State University President Kathy Schwaig.

South Korean officials have reported the death toll at 153 people. 133 were injured that night.

Although his 10 classmates were reported safe after the incident, more than 80% of those who died were in their 20s and 30s, according to a report from the Associated Press.

"We have been in contact with Steven’s family and have offered all available resources of the University to them," said President Schwaig.

KSU released a statement that counseling and psychological support have been extended to students who were impacted by this tragedy as well.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.