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Bama grad died just weeks before graduation

Published: 8/6/2011

Zoe Bromberg (Times Union)Nearly 1,500 people attended a memorial service in Jacksonville, Fla., July 15 for Zoë Bromberg, 23, who died in a traffic accident in Spain, where she was visiting her friend, Robert McLendon.

Zoë, 23, died July 12 when she and McLendon, 28, were thrown from a scooter and run over by an oncoming car on a curvy, narrow road, reporter Jim Schoettler wrote in a poignant story published in the Florida Times-Union. Her family remains unsure what caused the accident and hopes McLendon can help if he wakes from a medically induced coma.

Bromberg graduated from the University of Alabama in May, but the graduation ceremonies were postponed until Aug. 6 due to the devastating tornado in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Zoë's family still plans to attend the graduation ceremony, where her older brother, Clayton, will accept her diploma, Schoettler wrote. Her brother remains numb over her death."The hardest part is waking up in the morning," said Clayton, 29.

Extensive biographical information is provided in Bromberg’s obituary.

Her online guest book has more than 200 entries.

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This post was contributed by Alana Baranick, a freelance obituary writer who lives in Northeast Ohio. She is director of the Society of Professional Obituary Writers and chief author of Life on the Death Beat: A Handbook for Obituary Writers.

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