SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - A recent graduate of University of California at San Francisco Medical School was mourned Tuesday evening, after her boyfriend killed her in what police are describing as a murder suicide.
Sarah Hawley, 27, was remembered as a vibrant and accomplished student, who had a natural curiousity and connection with people.
"She was an incredibly good friend, and she made so many friends," said UCSF Vice Dean of Education Catherine Lucey. " And she was someone who really understood how to get in to the mind and in the heart of the patient."
Lucey spoke with KTVU about Hawley before addressing about 100 faculty, staff, and students, who gathered in a classroom to share their sorrow and show support for one another.
Hawley was from Belmont, and she earned an undergraduate degree at UC Berkeley.
After four years at UCSF, she graduated from medical school last May, and moved to Utah for her medical residency, specializing in family medicine.
Her family says she was enjoying her new colleagues and Utah's outdoor lifestyle.
There appeared to be no warning of the violence that struck last Sunday.
Longtime boyfriend Travis Geddes, 30, who moved to Utah with Hawley, shot her to death, and then himself, according to Salt Lake City Police.
A woman living in another part of the couple's house heard shrieking and fled.
"She escaped out the window and got away from the house and called police," said another roomate Liam Armour.
Police said they have not been called to the home previously.
Neighbors said they had never seen any trouble between Hawley and Geddes, who seemed a happy couple.
"They've invited us over for drinks, they've been very friendly," said neighbor Emily Samuel, "and it's just heartbreaking, to think about why she wasn't able to get help or maybe didn't ask for it."
Those who knew Hawley are crushed to think she might have struggled alone in a deteriorating relationship.
"Was there something we could have known about and could have helped her?" wondered Lucey, "or was this something capricious and out of the blue?"
Hawley and Geddes had been together about five years, according to her Facebook page.
"Being a physician and being educated, does not protect you from violence from your partner," noted Lucey, "and that's the problem with intimate partner violence, everyone can be susceptible to it."
The University of Utah issued a statement on Hawley's death, praising her as "friendly, fantastic, hardworking, she gave everything her all."
While earning her MD in San Francisco, Hawley tutored other medical students, and volunteered in public schools and free clinics.
"She was the real deal, the whole package, the exact type of student destined to become someone's favorite doctor," said Lucey.