Christina Tarsell, 21

The Baltimore Sun

Christina Richelle Tarsell, a Bard College senior and former Sparks resident, was found dead June 23 at a home in Tivoli, N.Y., that she shared with several other college students. She was 21.

Ms. Tarsell, who had recently completed her junior year at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, N.Y., was spending the summer working at the college's art gallery and museum.

Her mother, Emily Tarsell of Sparks, said the cause of death has not been determined and that there was no sign of trauma, forced entry or other trouble.

"She appeared to be in good health, and right now we're waiting for the medical examiner's report, which may take four to six weeks," her mother said. "Whatever happened to Christina, it was sudden."

Ms. Tarsell was born in Towson and raised in Sparks. An honors student, she was a 2005 graduate of Hereford High School.

At Hereford, she was a member of the National Honor Society and Amnesty International. She played basketball and varsity softball and was art editor of Brillig, the school's literary arts magazine.

She won several juried art honors, and as a member of Girl Scout Troop 589, she was presented the Gold Award.

At Bard, Ms. Tarsell was a studio art and philosophy major.

Ms. Tarsell was an honors student, played on the tennis team and was art editor of Verse Noire, a literary magazine, her mother said.

Ms. Tarsell was a member of Towson Unitarian Universalist Church, 1710 Dulaney Valley Road, where a memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. July 12.

Also surviving are her father, Richard Heyman of Cockeysville; and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Frederick N. Rasmussen

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