A community gathers to remember five NSU students who died in overnight car crash
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. (KTUL) —
It was a moment that drove home the gravity of what happened.
"Honestly, the news..."
NSU President Dr. Steve Turner, moved to silence during his remarks at a memorial service, and reliving the moment of trying to process that five students had died.
"The news took my breath away," he said.
Tables with pictures and poster boards, with students sending messages of condolences to family after family.
"I'm at a loss for words, I've cried all day since this morning," said Rena Dodd. She went to high school with Jessica Swartwout, and had a picture enlarged to honor her friend.
"She was a stubborn, hard headed, crazy, spunky, sassy, everything you could think of but, you know, altogether she was a whole hearted person," Dodd said.
The shock is what happened, still very present, as no one moved or spoke once the service was over.
The only motion, the flickering flames of remembrance.
"This is something that is so profound that, it'll be one of those things that the institution will look back as one of its greatest tragedies," said Dr. Turner.