The daughter of Illinois Congressman Sean Kasten tragically died at the age of seventeen.
The heartbreaking news was confirmed earlier this week that Gwen had passed away.
This was reported in the congressman’s office. Twitter June 13, and it was met with an outpouring of support from Castaing and his family.
“Congressman Castaing’s beloved daughter, Gwen (age 17), passed away this morning,” the statement begins.
“The Castaing family asks for privacy and we will not be making any comments during this heartbreaking time.”
Since the news of her death, Gwen and the Castaing family have been showered with thousands of thanks…
One Twitter user who claimed to know her wrote: “Gwen was an amazing person and I am so happy that I had the honor to meet her. I can’t imagine what the Kasten family is going through. I sympathize with your loss. I will keep your family in my prayers.”
“I am very sorry for your heartbreaking loss, my deepest condolences and grief to you and your family,” commented the second.
A third shared his sympathy and understanding, writing, “I am so sorry that he and his family are going through such an agonizing loss. There is nothing more cruel and traumatic than the death of your own child. I lost my 19 year old son 8 years ago; I know all too well the depth of their pain. My heart aches for them; children shouldn’t die.”
Other lawmakers also expressed their condolences to the congresswoman, including Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton, who tweeted: “I’m sorry. Sending you love and light.”
State Representative Bob Morgan also commented on the tragic news: “This is unspeakably terrible. I pray for you and your family and I hope you find strength in the difficult days ahead. May Gwen’s memory be a blessing to all of us.”
Just last month, Gwen graduated from Downers Grove North High School.
Later that year, she planned to attend the University of Vermont in hopes of studying environmental science.
After her death, the Empowerment Club she created at her high school released a statement about the teenager saying she was “loved by everyone”.
“There are no words to describe the loss we feel.” they posted on Instagram.
“She was so loved and her incredible influence will forever remain in our community.”
They concluded their post with, “Thank you Gwen for everything you have done to impact our lives and fill them with love and positivity. You truly were a force to be reckoned with. We will miss you.”
At the beginning of the year Gwen openedsharing his excitement about turning 18 and that it’s going to be a “big year”. […] filled with many milestones, such as voting for the first time.”
She clearly had a huge impact on those around her and all the lives she touched will be deeply missed.
The cause of her death has not yet been reported.
Rest in peace, Gwen.