Rocky Mount police said the two-car collision happened on North Wesleyan Blvd. around 8:30 p.m. Officers said four young women riding in the same car were killed: Donesha Scott, 19, of Raleigh, Robyne Barnes, 20, of Conway, Kandis McBride-Jones, 20, of Littleton, and Quedeshia Brown, 20, of Henderson.
The driver of the other vehicle has not been identified; police said that person is recovering from their injuries at UNC Nash Hospital.
Scott's family tell ABC11 she was driving her three friends back to campus after enjoying a dinner together at Pizza Hut.
Scott's cousin, Sheena Scott, said the Garner High School graduate was better known as Dede, and was a 'computer wiz' majoring in Computer Information Systems.
Scott, her roommate Brown, and McBride-Jones were all members of NCWC's gospel choir, Voices of Triumph. Their classmates said all four young women were inseparable.
"They loved everybody and just by the way they lived life, they didn't take life for granted," said Emanuel William, Student Govt. Assoc. Pres.
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Administrators cancelled classes Tuesday to allow students time to grieve.
All classes are cancelled today. Staff is available in the Trustee Board Room & the chapel will be open all day.— NC Wesleyan College (@ncwesleyan) March 22, 2016
"The entire Wesleyan family is mourning the loss of four of our own. These young ladies had enormously bright futures that were cut far too short," said Wesleyan President Dewey Clark in a statement. "We extend our deepest prayers and condolences to the families in this time of heartbreaking loss."
Clark traveled to the hometowns of every one of the four victims Tuesday to visit with their families.
We really are a family. Continue to pray for everyone affected. The staff and faculty are holding you all close in our hearts tonight #NCWC— NC Wesleyan College (@ncwesleyan) March 22, 2016
Faculty said grief counselors were on hand for students who were invited to meet together at the Dunn Center on campus to mourn and remember their classmates.
"We're not just students," said Williams. "We're not just friends. We're family here and we lost loved ones last night."
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