Rest in peace, Crystal Gomes. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends

Born in Auburn, N.Y., Ms. Gomes moved to Saco with her family in 1997.

In 2001, Ms. Gomes graduated with high honors from Thornton Academy, where she acted in a number of school plays.

After high school, she enrolled at Boston College, graduating in the top 5 percent of her class in 2005 with a degree in theater arts. She wrote the scripts for several college plays.

After graduation, Ms. Gomes worked in advertising sales support for Time Inc., including Fortune and Money magazines in Boston.

While at Carnegie Mellon — the master’s program entails three years of study — Ms. Gomes did theater and opera costume design for the Pittsburgh Opera.

Ms. Gomes designed all the costumes that were used in Carnegie Mellon’s 2010 production of “Richard III.”

She earned her master of fine arts degree in costume design from Carnegie Mellon in 2011.

In recent years, she also had the opportunity to work on a few movies, including a job as production assistant on “The Next Three Days,” a 2010 movie starring Russell Crowe and Elizabeth Banks.

Her latest job, as a production assistant for Magnus Rex Production Co., took her to Los Angeles where she worked on the new Batman movie — “The Dark Knight Rises.”

Crystal Marie Gomes, 28, was just beginning to realize her potential in the performing arts field when the former Saco resident and Thornton Academy graduate left this world.

Her doctors said she appears to have suffered a heart attack.

You will be missed greatly. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends.

Her official website features her portfolio, do check it out