Gwen Casten, the 17-year-old daughter of Suburban U.S. Rep Sean Casten, died Monday morning at the family’s Downers Grove home, the congressman’s office and Downers Grove police said.
Congressman Casten’s beloved daughter, Gwen, passed away this morning,” Casten’s office said in the statement Monday evening.
Gwen Casten, The Daughter Of Sean Casten, Died At The Age Of Seventeen
Downers Grove police were called to the house in the block where the Casten lives just before 7 a.m. Monday “for an unresponsive 17 years old girl child,” based on the statement of the Police Department.
The office staff of Casten did not convey any more details about the death of their 17-year-old daughter.
Based on her Twitter bio, Gwen Casten was included in the March for Our Lives gun-control organization. DuPage County board member Dawn DeSart didn’t know the dead girl but present on the social media called her a “shero” for arranging the shooting-connected first-aid course for her high school classmates.
“She originated ‘Stop the Bleed’ training in her school, which taught learners how to pack a gunshot wound in the fellow learner in case of the school shooting,” DeSart told the Tribune. “My heart is breaking for the family of Grew Casten and for everyone who knew and loved her.”
The beautiful teenager graduated from the Downers Grove North High School during this season of May and was headed towards the University of Vermont in the fall to study environmental science. She presently appeared in a campaign video assisting her father’s bid for re-election and specifying how turning 18 would indicate a “big year.”
Ammar Hussain said he interned with Gwen Casten throughout her father’s 2020 congressional campaign. A high school senior at the time, Hussain said he felt overwhelmed during the early days until the beautiful girl Gwen helped break the ice by producing TikToks with her fellow interns.
“she was always being a very good friend and a front-runner … Gwen Casten was an enormously skillful learner at North High School, being necessitated in countless doings, from the band, changemakers, math team, tennis, and NHS, all while being on the great honor roll. Gwen and her father @repseancasten identified the importance of safeguarding the environment and the dangers that ascended if we kept poisoning our planet.”
The club added that Gwen was “always there to assist anyone in need and provide a listening ear,” and designated her as an ally who “did whatever she could to assist and intensify [People of Color’s] voices.”
Her high school’s Empowerment Club, which she originated, also took to Instagram to memorialize Gwen’s life, writing “There are no words that can begin to designate the loss we are feeling.”
The post sustained: “the daughter of Sean Casten, Gwen Casten, founder and the leader of Empowerment Club, was very valuable to all. Her hard work, willpower, and good-looking personality were motivations for everyone. She was so loved, and her implausible impact will live forever within our community. Thank you, Gwen, for everything you have done to encourage our lives and fill them with love and positivity. You were actually a force to be estimated with. We will miss you.”