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NC Wesleyan community honors four students killed in crash

Posted March 23, 2016 6:48 p.m. EDT
Updated April 8, 2016 4:13 p.m. EDT

— The North Carolina Wesleyan College community Tuesday honored the memory of four freshmen who died in a crash in front of the school on Monday.

A memorial service Tuesday afternoon celebrated the lives of Donesha Scott, 19, of Raleigh, Robyne St. Claire Barnes, 20, of Conway, Kandis McBride-Jones, 20, of Littleton, and Quedeshia Brown, 20, of Henderson, who were killed in the crash on North Wesleyan Boulevard around 8:30 p.m.

Officials said all four women were first-year students at N.C. Wesleyan.

Rhoda Agyei-Boateng, a senior and resident assistant in the dorm where all four women lived, said they were inseparable.

"I am at peace right now because I know they are at peace," Agyei-Boateng said. "They were very wonderful girls."

The driver of the second car—David Lee Pit—was taken to UNC Nash Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

“I knew all of them well. I had the opportunity to get to know them,” said Darryl Hamilton, a senior at N.C. Wesleyan. “[They] always had a kind word to say, even to strangers on this campus.”

Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone said the vehicle the students were traveling in turned into head-on traffic, and Pit ran into it broadside. Stone said he doesn’t expect to file any charges in the case.

"You've got a young driver that was anticipating getting back to the school; you got a green light, but you got a sign up there that says yield to oncoming traffic," Stone said. "They don't see it at night. This was really tough for me and the other assistants as well."

School officials said the four students were traveling back to their dorm from dinner when the crash occurred.

“I think it [the memorial service] showed them we value their children. I am a father; I have lost a child,” said N.C. Wesleyan College President Dewey Clark. “I know what this is like.”

Officials said funeral arrangments for all four women are pending.