The Biola University community is deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Alondra Barragan, a communication sciences and disorders major who passed away on Dec. 19 due to complications from Lupus, an autoimmune disease. 

Barragan, from El Monte, Calif., transferred to Biola in 2019 and was working toward her degree in communication disorders. 

“We mourn this tragedy as a community, and join together to grieve with all who loved her,” President Barry H. Corey said in an announcement to the university. “Alondra was a young woman whose love for Jesus Christ was deep and abiding, demonstrated through her courage and compassion. ”

Barragan was enthusiastic about her new-found major in communication sciences and disorders, and was passionate in her calling to serve young children. She was known for her kindness and courageous strength as she excelled in her coursework even in the midst of health trials. 

“Alondra’s sister told me that the faculty, staff, and CSD students had been a tremendous blessing to Alondra while she attended Biola. She also mentioned that the Lord had used Alondra's Biola experience to greatly strengthen her faith over the past year and a half,” said Dr. Matthew Rouse, one of Alondra’s professors. 

Barragan wrote reflections about her journey in a recent prayer project. 

“What I have suffered or overcome brought me closer to Christ. As a young adult I faced many medical issues. I like to think that this is when my journey to Biola began and also when I truly embraced God. I found this verse, “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31) Instead of allowing myself to fall into depression or destruction I found optimism and hope in God.”

The Biola community is in prayer for Barragan's family, friends and loved ones. Counseling services will be available to students after Jan. 4 by contacting Student Development and Pastoral Care is available now by scheduling an appointment.

A public tribute for Barragan will take place after the start of the spring semester, which starts on Jan. 25. A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help with funeral and memorial service costs. 

More information will be added to this page as it becomes available.

For more information, contact Office of University Communications (562) 903-4727.