Emotional Vigil Held for BGSU Crash Victims

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More than 1,500 students gathered Friday night on the campus of Bowling Green State University to remember three fellow students killed in a tragic car accident March 2 as they were heading to the airport for spring break.

Christina Goyett, 21, Sarah Hammond, 21, and Rebekah Blakkolb, 20, all died after the car they were riding in was struck head-on by a 69-year-old wrong-way driver on I-75, south of Toledo.

Two other students from northeast Ohio were critically hurt.

Kayla Somoles and Angelica Mormile, both 19, have been released from the hospital, but are undergoing rehabilitation at different facilities.

At the memorial, the crowd prayed for them and eulogized each deceased girl.

They said Christina Goyett wanted to be a special education teacher and Sarah Hammond was pursuing a merchandizing career.

Rebekah's father, Renny Blakkolb, said, "Two weeks ago, our lives were turned upside down, crushed and ripped apart. My worst nightmare became a reality. My beautiful daughter was gone in an instant, and nothing could prepare us for this."

The accident happened at the start of spring break, and this was their first full week back in class.

Students said they needed to properly honor their friends.

"It's just great we can all come together as a community to support one another," said Emily Sipnieski.

Other students were still in shock about the accident.

“It was unrealistic, kind of odd they were all on vacation and that happened. It was sad," said Brittany Bollinger.

During the hour-long ceremony, the university announced that an anonymous donor gifted $25,000 for a scholarship to be named in honor of all five girls and given to an Alpha Xi Delta member since the girls were all members of that sorority.

At the conclusion of the memorial service, the crowd lit candles and silently walked around the corner to the Alpha Xi Delta sorority house on Thurstin Ave. for one final farewell and one final message.

Renny Blakkolb said, "Don't take life for granted. We aren’t guaranteed tomorrow, but we have today. Make sure not to waste a moment. Tell your loved ones how much you love them, how much they mean to you every chance you get."