Four N.C. Wesleyan College students died Monday evening after their car collided with another on U.S. 301 in front of the entrance of the school’s campus, authorities said Tuesday.
Donesha Scott of Raleigh, Robyne St. Claire Barnes of Conway, Kandis McBride-Jones of Littleton and Quedeshia Brown of Henderson, all freshman and riding in the same car, were killed in the crash at about 8:30 p.m. Monday. Scott was 19, while the others were 20.
The driver of the second car was taken to UNC Nash Hospital with injuries that were not considered to be life-threatening, according to the Associated Press.
Rocky Mount police were still investigating the crash Tuesday.
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The college canceled classes Tuesday and offered counseling services for those grieving.
“The entire Wesleyan family is mourning the loss of four of our own,” Wesleyan President Dewey Clark said. “We extend our deepest prayers and condolences to the families in this time of heartbreaking loss.”
The school is planning a campus memorial, while the families of the students are holding services in their home towns.
Scott, of Raleigh, graduated from Garner Magnet High School in the summer of 2015, according to her Facebook page. She was studying computer information science.
Her friends knew her as Dede. Twitter users who knew Scott posted “R.I.P Dee” and used the hashtag #prayforWesleyan. Some shared pictures of their times with Scott.