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News - May 18, 2012

Classmates stunned by loss of vivacious Paly graduate

Friends recall Emily Benatar as exuberant, creative, with wide social circle

by Chris Kenrick

Hundreds will gather Saturday to remember the life of Emily Benatar, a vivacious 2011 Palo Alto High School graduate who died May 9 in St. Louis, where she had been a first-year student at Washington University.

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Posted by Arun Sastry, a resident of College Terrace
on May 18, 2012 at 1:32 pm

I am so sorry to hear this. Outliving a child is the worst thing any parent has to endure. I used to see Emily at Escondido, since my daughter was also in the same school (and grade).

I can't offer much to the family, except my deepest condolences, and the hope that God gives them strength to overcome their grief.

Posted by Bruce, a resident of Crescent Park
on May 18, 2012 at 8:24 pm

My deepest condolences to the entire Benatar family. Emily sounds like one of those kinds of people whose presence alone brought joy to those around her.

Posted by Mike W, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 19, 2012 at 6:16 pm


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