Three Ole Miss students' funerals to be held together
MADISON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
The deaths of three Ole Miss freshmen who died Sunday in a car crash has sent shock waves across the state; from the university to their hometown of Madison.
The tragedy has brought together both communities as the families try and deal with their losses.
Eighteen-year-old Sam Clayton Kelly, Nineteen-year-old Walker Kelly and Nineteen-year-old Mason Wilbanks died instantly when the car they were in careened off Interstate 55, went airborne and landed on its roof.
"I'm a firm believer, Warren, that everyone of us have an appointed time and it was these three kids time to go," said Sam Kelly, Sr. "It's going to be hard on so many people but what we've got to remember is the legacy these three kids left behind in such a short life time."
Members of Madison Central's soccer team wore wristbands Monday. Reed Stover is a friend of the three victims and teammate. He says all of his friends are speechless and the tragedy's impact is far-reaching.
"All of them have siblings who are friends of people," said Stover. "I mean, I don't know a person who isn't effected here in Madison and also in Oxford. It's been hard."
The young men were all Kappa Alpha fraternity pledges. About 4-hundred people gathered Sunday night at the KA house to consol one another.
Broadmoor minister and counselor Tate Cockrell says several of those in attendance spoke with a minister who was at the KA house to try and get their houses in order.
Cockrell says soul-searching was something positive that came from a terrible tragedy.
"We want to know more," said Cockrell. "We want to make sure that we're living the kind of life that we need to live and so at the very least, even though it's a horrible thing that's happened it does give us an opportunity to look back and reflect and say, I'm not promised tomorrow, I'm not promised the rest of the day. I got to make sure I'm living the kind of life that God wants me to live."
Their funeral will be held Wednesday, November 2, at 10:00 a.m. at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison. Visitation will be at the church Tuesday from 4 until 8 p.m., and Wednesday from 9 until 10 a.m.
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