CHEROKEE COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The rain stopped Tuesday night just in time for hundreds of student, staff and faculty to attend a candlelight vigil for two SFA students who died in a Cherokee county wreck on Monday afternoon.
Qudus Olatunde Jacobs, 22, a marketing major set to graduate in May, and Chikosolu Chiamaka Ughaze, 20, a junior majoring in nursing, are from the Houston area. SFA's African Student Organization hosted the vigil in the area near the SFA statue. Both students are Americans from Nigerian descent.
According to the DPS report, Richard Osteen Jr., 29, of Troup, was driving north on Highway 110 when he collided with Jacobs, who had stopped at the intersection on Highway 204 but did not yield the right-of-way and pulled in front of Osteen. Both vehicles ended up in the yard of Jack Johnson, who heard the collision. He said it sounded like a big boom.
"They pulled one guy out and after that there was nothing they could do," Johnson said.
Jacobs was taken to a Tyler hospital, where he later died. Ughanze died at the scene. Osteen was treated and released from a Tyler hospital.
SFA's African Student Association scheduled a candlelight vigil for 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Adam Peck, SFA Dean of Student Affairs, said his office is ready to assist the students' roommates and classmates in coping with the tragic loss.
"These situations are always difficult. And they really impact young people who haven't had the opportunity to mourn a loss this great in their life," Peck said about the impact of the students' deaths. "So we're reaching out to those students and encouraging them to engage with us so we can help them anyway we can."