NCCU remembers student killed in crash
Posted April 10
Durham, N.C. — Two vigils were scheduled – one on Monday night and another on Tuesday morning – on the campus of North Carolina Central University to remember a freshman killed in a car crash Sunday night.
Police said Natasha Lynn Taylor, of Durham, crossed the double yellow line into oncoming traffic in the 1100 block of East Geer Streetand and struck a westbound car driven by 18-year-old Quillon Rendleman, of Charlotte.
Myiah Andrews, 18, of Greenville, a passenger in Rendleman's car, was killed in the wreck. Andrews was a freshman at NCCU.
Rendleman, Jeremiah Phronebarger and Celi Smith, all NCCU students, were injured in the crash.
In McLean Hall on Monday, students gathered to cry and lean on one another as they mourned a young woman studying to be a nurse.
"She was nice to everybody," said Cherokee Atkins. "I’m really sad that she has to go. I feel really bad for her parents the most, because how do you send your child off to college and them not come back?"
Friends of Andrews told WRAL News that they planned to release purple balloons in her honor Tuesday at 10:40 a.m. from the Greek Bowl on NCCU's campus.
According to Interim NCCU Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye, Andrews she was a pre-nursing major who was active in the campus chapter of National Council of Negro Women. She was a 2016 graduate of South Central High School in Winterville, Akinleye said.
"I would ask that you keep Ms. Andrews family, friends and classmates in your thoughts and prayers during their time of grief. The sudden passing of a promising young person who was just beginning her journey is indeed heartbreaking and causes us to lean on one another for strength as members of a unified Eagle family," Akinleye said.