HUDSON, N.Y. (NEWS10) — The Hudson community is remembering the life of Fardush Saltana, who died on Wednesday. She graduated from Hudson High School in 2016. Friday, her prayer services were held in the gymnasium.
“She was an amazing person. Very kind hearted, very tough, so her strength is what is keeping all of us intact and going. So we love her very much,” said Tulona Zalman, a childhood friend.
The community is heartbroken over the loss of one of their own.
“Part of the reason that this is hurting our community as much as it is, is because we have had Fardush in our district since kindergarten,” explained Hudson High School Principal Antonio Abitabile.
In high school, Sultana graduated in the top 10 percent of her class and was a member of the robotics team. She also ran cross country, a sport that she continued in college while attending the SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica.
Two weeks ago, Sultana was found in her dorm room with traumatic injuries from a medical event. She was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Hospital and put on life support. She died on Wednesday.
Campus and state police have concluded that there is no criminal activity related to her injuries.
SUNY Poly’s interim president, Dr. Grace Wang, released a statement saying in part, “Fardush was an outstanding civil engineering student from Hudson, NY who touched many lives.”
Saltana’s loved ones are remembering her strength to help them make it through this difficult time.
“It’s unfortunate for us because we lost someone so special to us, but hopefully, everyone copes with this in different ways, but we will be okay,” Zalman stated.
Saltana’s friends are asking everyone to keep her in their prayers. To help pay for funeral expenses, a #PrayForFardush fund was created in her honor.