• Atlanta-area Peace Corps volunteer dies from illness in Ghana

    By: Dave Huddleston


    ATLANTA - Family and friends of a local Peace Corps volunteer serving in Africa are trying to figure out what caused her to get ill and die. 

    Danielle Dunlap, 25, had been serving the people of Ghana since June 2011. Sunday, she got sick and later died.

    She was set to come home in August and attend medical school at Emory.

    "Danielle was full of life. She had a vivacious smile and a giving heart. If I had one word to describe her, it would be perfect. In every sense of the word," Allen Dunlap, Danielle Dunlap's father, told Channel 2's Dave Huddleston.

    Danielle Dunlap's family said she was in the process of building a health clinic for villagers.

    "She came home for Christmas, and in lieu of gifts for herself, she wanted financial donations to build a clinic," said Elvenia Gibson, Dunlap's aunt.

    Dunlap's father said she decided to name the clinic after her grandparents. Her grandfather, Dr. John Gibson, recently received an email from her in which she tells him she was going to name the Ghana clinic after him.

    "From the time she was crawling to the time here after Christmas, she thought about others before herself," Gibson said.

    Dunlap's mother, a diplomat with the U.S. State Department, is now in Ghana to find out how her daughter became ill and died.

    Her body's return to Atlanta will be handled by the Peace Corps and the State Department.

    Dunlap was a graduate of Benjamin E. Mays and Brown University.

    Next Up:

  • Headline Goes Here

    Atlanta-area Peace Corps volunteer dies from illness in Ghana

  • Headline Goes Here

    Local vote comes as Italy struggles to form government

  • Headline Goes Here

    Pot politics: Schumer joins politicians rethinking marijuana

  • Headline Goes Here

    Italy president taps Berlusconi ally to try to break impasse

  • Headline Goes Here

    Erdogan catches Turkey off guard by calling early elections