Tatted: Abby Erickson remembers sister from Delta Zeta

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KAYLA DRAKE | Multimedia Reporter

A year and a half ago, Delta Zeta member Sierra Wilder died in a car crash outside of her hometown Foley, Missouri right after she finished her freshman year of college.

Junior, Abby Erickson was going to be Wilder’s suite mate their sophomore year. Erickson got two connecting X’s on her wrist because Wilder had the same tattoo on her ankle. To Wilder the X’s symbolized “where there is a will, there is a way,” Erickson said. 

A week after Wilder died multiple people that knew her got the tattoo, but Erickson waited until Sept. 11, 2017, on Wilder’s birthday, to make sure it “wasn’t an impulse.”

Wilder’s family and friends started the Sierra Way Foundation in her honor and plan to use the money raised for community outreach.

Overall, Erickson said losing Wilder has shaped her faith in God.

Delta Zeta member Abby Erickson got a viking symbol, two connecting X's, in her best friend Sierra Wilder's memory. Wilder died at 19 years old from a car crash. 
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At first the tattoo was in memory of Wilder, but now Erickson said it has turned into a symbol of hope. Erickson is studying business and marketing and she recently started her own LLC called Abby Rose Photography. 
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Sierra Wilder (above) was described as a "ray of sunshine" by Chris Miofsky, assistant director of Greek Life. She would have turned 21 years old this past September.
Photo from Abby Erickson

Tatted is a weekly podcast that comes out every Thursday, featuring Lindenwood students’ ink.

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Kayla is our multimedia producer, so basically all things video and podcasts. She prefers to cover human interest stories because she believes we learn best by hearing personal testimonies of grief, passion, tribulation and activism. When Kayla is not editing or writing, most likely she is either hiking or eating. And by eating she doesn’t mean fast food, college grub, but the St. Louis restaurant scene (which is to die for). She is a proud St. Louisan and is passionate about being a part in the city's redemption. Look for the girl with the stickered out water bottle on campus and say hi.