Hayoung Jeon

Hayoung Jeon

South Korea
Death 16 Apr 2014 (aged 17)
At Sea
Burial Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Memorial ID 161042786 · View Source
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Jeon Hayoung was born on March 11, 1997. She was a member of the 10th grade class #2 at Danwon High School in Ansan, South Korea. She lived for 17 years, 1 month and 5 days.

Hayoung loved attending church, and she loved dancing (she was a member of a dance group). Her mother was like her best friend. Her dream was to help the needy people of the world through organizations like UNICEF. One of the ways she would accomplish this was by becoming a social worker, which was her ultimate career choice.

Hayoung was a victim of the Sewol Ferry tragedy. The ferry Sewol was en route to Jeju Island from Incheon, South Korea, when it capsized on April 16, 2014. The majority of the 476 people on board were 10th graders from Danwon High School who were traveling to Jeju Island for a school field trip. When the ship started to sink, the crew ordered everyone to stay in their cabins and await help. Hayoung and most of the Danwon students on board obeyed the crew and remained in their cabins, passing the time by taking pictures and joking around with their friends. However, the coast guard only rescued those who'd come out on deck and didn't even attempt to rescue anyone inside the ship. The Korean government, ashamed at how the event unfolded, blocked volunteer rescuers and made excuses as to why rescue efforts could not continue. By the time they started recovery efforts, they were only finding bodies. There were hundreds of high schoolers, teachers and other passengers inside the ship and not a single one of them survived. The majority of them were still alive during the three hours it took for the Sewol to sink, recording videos of their ordeal and banging on the windows, begging to be saved - but they all eventually drowned or died of hypothermia. Those kids had trusted adults with their lives and were literally left to die. 304 people died in total, with 250 of them being Danwon High School students. The Sewol Ferry sinking was one of the most heartbreaking and senseless maritime tragedies to have ever happened. The students’ loved ones are still looking for answers as to why those 250 beautiful children had to die…and those answers may never come.

Hayoung's body was recovered and returned to her loving family. She is now resting at the Hwaseong Sky Memorial Park.

Thank you to Karen for sponsoring Hayoung's memorial!

Gravesite Details Name pronunciation: Juhnn Hah-young
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  • Added: 14 Apr 2016
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Hayoung Jeon (11 Mar 1997–16 Apr 2014), Find a Grave Memorial no. 161042786, citing Hwaseong Sky Memorial Park, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea ; Maintained by Zina ♥︎ Bee (contributor 47958360) .