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Students gathered at a vigil at the University of Georgia Thursday to honor four students killed in a car crash Wednesday night, hours after authorities released the names of those who lost their lives.
Police identified those killed in the 8:55 p.m. crash as: Kayla Canedo, 19, of Alpharetta; Brittany Feldman, 20, of Alpharetta; Christina Semeria, 19, of Milton; and Halle Scott, 19, of Dunwoody.
The driver of the Toyota Camry the women were in, Agnes Kim, 21, of Snellville, remained hospitalized Thursday, the Georgia Department of Public Safety said. The university said she is in critical condition.
“The loss of any student is very difficult. A tragedy of this magnitude is truly devastating,” university President Jere W. Morehead said Thursday.
The crash occurred when the Camry the students were traveling in northbound on Georgia State Route 15 near Watkinsville went into the southbound lane into the path of a Chevy Cobalt, the Department of Public Safety said.
The driver of the Cobalt, Abby Short, 27, of Demorest, was also injured and was at Athens Regional Medical Center Thursday, the department said.
Canedo and Semeria were members of the Alpha Chi Omega Sorority’s Beta Sigma chapter.
“Our hearts also go out to the friends and families of the other students lost in this terrible accident,” the national sorority said.
Hundreds of students gathered at a vigil Thursday evening. Gov. Nathan Deal ordered state flags flown at half-staff on Friday.
Cannon Lee, a friend of Semeria’s told NBC affiliate WXIA “she just was a vibrant beautiful girl — there’s nothing else you can say to describe her better is she just radiated love.”
The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation. The Department of Public Safety said alcohol is not considered to be a factor. The university has around 27,500 undergraduates.