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Gonzaga and City of Spokane agree to nearly $1M settlement in student death

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18-year-old Christopher Gormley died after kayaking on Rock Lake 18-year-old Christopher Gormley died after kayaking on Rock Lake
SPOKANE, Wash. - Gonzaga University and the City of Spokane paid a total of $950,000 to the family of a student from Everett who died while on a kayaking trip organized by the school. 


18-year-old Christopher Gormley died after his kayak capsized in rough water on Rock Lake in Whitman County on April 1, 2012. Shortly after the seven kayakers launched on the lake, three of the capsized. Two made it to shore and rescuers found Gormley in the water later wearing his life jacket, however he died later in the hospital from hypothermia. 


The trip was organized by Gonzaga Outdoors, which contracted with the city's parks department to provide equipment and a guide for the trip.


The settlement to Gormley's family from Gonzaga actually came back in April when the university agreed to pay $400,000. Then on Monday night, the Spokane City Council agreed to pay $550,000 to Gormley's family. 

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