Husband charged with murder in death of former University of Kansas soccer player

Regan Noelle Gibbs, 25, a former goaltender for the University of Kansas football team, has been identified as the woman killed in Lawrence Monday night.
Her husband, 26-year-old Chad Joseph Marek, was charged with first-degree murder in her death. He made his first appearance in Douglas County District Court Tuesday and his bail was set at $1 million. He will be back in court on May 24.
Police responded to her apartment on the 2500 block of West Sixth Street just before 7:30 p.m., according to a press release from the Lawrence Police Department.
Arriving officers found Marek with Gibbs, who had been mortally wounded. EMTs pronounced Gibbs dead at the scene. Officers arrested Marek on suspicion of murder. Domestic violence was investigated as a contributing factor to her death.
Gibbs was a goaltender for the Jayhawks' football program from 2015 to 2018, according to KU Athletics. A native of Naches, Washington, Gibbs was a member of two NCAA tournament teams during her career at KU.
"Our football program is heartbroken to hear of the tragic loss of Regan," KU coach Mark Francis said in a statement. “She was a great teammate and young woman and touched so many during her time in Kansas. Regan will always be remembered for her influence on and off the field. We extend our condolences to her family, friends and teammates at this difficult time.”
KU athletic director Travis Goff said in a statement they were devastated to hear of Gibbs' loss.
"Our KU family sends our love, support and prayers to Regan's family, friends and former teammates as we all mourn her loss," he said.
A GoFundMe donation page was set up for Gibbs to help her family with funeral expenses.
"Regan was only 25, a beautiful, kind-hearted girl who loved Jesus and loved people," said Hannah Lewis, who organized the fundraiser for her cousin. "She had a big heart for the homeless and hoped to go back to school to do missionary work as a medical assistant."
According to the fundraiser's page, she is survived by her mother and four younger sisters.

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