Hundreds of people gathered at Episcopal School of Jacksonville Friday to say farewell to and celebrate the life of Head of School Dale Regan.
"We have full confidence that Dale Regan is already with God and in Heaven with our Lord and Savior, Jesus," said Kate Moorehead, the dean of the Episcopal Chapel. "Dale would not want us to make this day about her death."
Students, faculty, staff, friends, family, and community members all packed onto the Campion Courtyard on Episcopal's campus, some even unable to see the altar. So many people turned out Episcopal had to send overflow parking to Everbank Field, and have shuttles take people back and forth. And just 3 days after tragedy rocked the campus, it seemed only appropriate that the third day after Regan's death be a celebration of her life.
"This is the third day. This is the day in which we celebrate new life," said Moorehead. "And we know that Dale would not want us to make this day about her death."
The Campion Courtyard at Episcopal School of Jacksonville was packed with students, faculty, friends and alumni to say farewell. She was killed in her office by a recently fired teacher who also took his own life.
"Let me be clear," said Moorehead. "This was an evil act...and even though Dale's death was dark, her entire life was a witness to the light."