A former player for the Kansas University Jayhawks soccer team, Regan Gibbs, was found dead in her apartment on Monday. Gibbs was just 25 years old.

Officers for the Lawrence Police Department in Kansas said that they were called to her residence Monday evening, and they found Gibbs “mortally wounded” along with her husband, 26-year-old Chad Marek.

The two had gotten married last fall, and Marek was quickly arrested at the scene on suspicion of her murder. “Domestic violence is being investigated as a contributing factor,” in Gibbs’ death, according to the police.

Marek has been charged with murder and his bond was set at $1 million. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 24.


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Gibbs’ alma mater, Kansas University, posted a tribute to Gibbs online. Her former head coach Mark Francis said Regan was “a tremendous teammate and young woman, and touched so many during her time at Kansas. Regan will always be remembered for the impact she had both on and off the field. We share our condolences to her family, friends and teammates during this difficult time.”

Gibbs is from Naches, Washington originally. According to a GoFundMe campaign created to cover her medical costs, a friend Hannah Lewis described Regan as “a beautiful, kindhearted girl who loved Jesus and people. She had a big heart for the homeless and hoped to go back to school to become a Physicians Assistant to do mission work.”

Gibbs is survived by her mother and four younger sisters.

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