It was a somber day in the city of Manhattan, New York, when former Miss USA, Cheslie Kryst, leaped to her death. The apparent suicide of the 30-year-old came as a surprise to those around her who cherished her presence.

“In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie.” – A statement from the Kryst family.

Kryst was not only an idol on the stage but also an idol behind the scenes. She worked as an attorney who received three degrees from two separate universities. She was passionate about the reform of the American justice system in hopes of giving suitable representation to those in need. Ultimately, Cheslie worked diligently to get criminals, who were given outrageous sentences, a chance to shorten their time.

In 2019, Cheslie made headlines as one of three Black women to lead in the pageant world. She was crowned Miss USA and used her platform to better those who came across her path. She even reached out to a digital audience via Instagram, including her final post, a picture of herself that read, “May this day bring you rest and peace.”

The Kryst family has asked for privacy at this moment but wants the world to remember the impact Cheslie had on the world. They want her to be remembered for the shine she emitted when she walked into a room and how she let her actions do the talking.

If you or anyone else is suffering from depression, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.