UF alumna Rachelle Bergeron fatally shot in Micronesia

Published: Oct. 16, 2019 at 1:29 PM EDT
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The acting attorney general of the Federated States of Micronesia's Yap State, an American and University of Florida Levin College of Law graduate, was shot and killed outside of her home on Monday evening.

33-year-old Rachelle Bergeron was returning home from her daily jog when she was shot by an unknown individual.

Bergeron was found by her husband Simon Hammerling who heard the three gunshots. She was rushed to the hospital where she later died of her injuries.

University of Florida Levin College of Law Dean Laura A. Rosenbury released a statement regarding the incident:

"The University of Florida Levin College of Law community is deeply saddened to hear of this senseless crime. Rachelle represented the very best of UF Law. In her short, but influential, career Rachelle used her legal education to touch the lives of people across the globe. We extend our heartfelt condolences to Rachelle’s family, friends, and loved ones."

According to an

, a colleague of Hammerling's described Bergeron's position as the "most dangerous job" on the island of Yap State as she often "saw the worst of Yap" while prosecuting criminals in the area.

Those who knew Bergeron say she received threats and anger from those who were unhappy with her decisions as the acting attorney general.

A team from the FBI's Honolulu Division will be sent to investigate Bergeron's death.

has been set up for funeral expenses.

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