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Softball Community Mourns Loss of Dickinson State Players

The softball community is in mourning over the loss of three Dickinson State softball players who were found dead Tuesday in a Jeep pulled from a pond. 

Although the police are still investigating, it is believed that the women were in the vehicle when they called friends for help. The 12-foot-deep pond where the women were found is on a farm northwest of Dickinson, a city of 16,000 people about 100 miles west of Bismarck and 60 miles east of the Montana state line. 

Authorities had been searching since late Sunday night for Kyrstin Gemar, 22, of San Diego; Afton Williamson, 20, of Lake Elsinore, Calif.; and Ashley Neufeld, 21, of Brandon, Manitoba. Gemar and Neufeld were part of the 2009 Dickinson State team that finished third at the NAIA National Tournament. 

Gemar, an all-conference player at designated player in 2009, hit three home runs to set an individual record at the national championship. She also played third base and would have been a senior on the 2010 team. Neufeld, also a senior, was an outfielder who was all-conference in 2007 and 2008. She was majoring in psychology.Williamson, a junior college transfer from Riverside Community College, was a pitcher majoring in psychology with a minor in coaching. 

Condolences can be sent to: 

Dickinson State University Softball 
291 Campus Drive 
Dickinson, ND 58601