NIC issues statement on murder of nursing student

Kelly Pease photo

As police search for Steven Denson, the man they believed murdered Kelly Pease, North Idaho College issued a statement on the murder of Pease. 

Pease, age 37, was a nursing student at the school, and after learning of her death, NIC issued the following statement:

"It is with great sadness that I share the news of the death of one our students. Information about yesterday’s tragic and public death of Kelly Pease that occurred on the Kootenai Health campus has already touched many of our students and faculty, especially within the Nursing and Science divisions. Several of our students and staff were on the Kootenai Health campus when yesterday’s events unfolded. 

NIC is a very close knit family and the loss of Kelly who had dedicated herself to the nursing profession to care and provide comfort for others is devastating. I ask that you look out for one another during this time of loss.  

Our NIC Crisis Response Unit has been activated. This team consists of skilled, trained, and kindhearted people who assemble to respond during times of trauma and need at NIC. The CRU is available for students or employees experiencing grief from this news. If you need assistance or know of someone needing support, please contact Tim Gerlitz at (208) 769-7794 or 

- Rick MacLennan

Coeur d'Alene Police have identified 61-year-old Steven T. Denson as the suspect in the death of Kelly Pease, who was found shot in the head in her car at the Kootenai Health Campus Wednesday afternoon. Denson is believed to be armed and dangerous, so if you see him, contact police immediately.

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