“On Sunday night, we had dinner as a family and then she went out with some friends for a few hours. When she got home, she said goodnight to Kara and I, texted a friend to make sure she got home OK, and didn’t wake up on Monday morning,” the statement said, in part. “The only thing we know about her death is that it was peaceful. And the only lesson we can take from that is to savor the moments you have with your loved ones.”
They added that she had been a “happy, healthy, well adjusted young woman,” who was looking forward to her freshman year of college, where she planned to study environmental science.
Their sentiments echoed Gwen’s appearance in her father’s campaign video earlier this month. In the clip, she said she was excited to turn 18 and be able to vote for her father in his bid for a third term in Congress.
“To all asking what they can do, we ask only that you live your lives as Gwen lived hers. Savor the moments,” her family said in the Wednesday statement. “Use every ounce of energy you have to ensure a better, more tolerant, more generous, more loving tomorrow. Not because you know that your tomorrow will come, but because you know that someone else’s will. Lead with Love.”