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Vigil held at Florida A&M University

Posted at 10:57 PM, Jan 11, 2018
and last updated 2018-01-11 23:34:09-05

TALLAHASSEE, FL (WTXL) -- Thursday night, a candlelight vigil is held in the heart of Florida A&M University's campus, remembering students, Aniya Brown and Alfred Motlow the third, who died in a car crash almost a week ago.

Instead of coming back to start the semester as usual, students at F.A.M.U. are gathering to mourn the untimely death of 2 promising, young students. Aniya Brown and Alfred Motlow the third were studying engineering.On January 5th, the couple was traveling home from visiting Motlow's family in Tennessee for winter break, when a car struck them at high speed in Shelby County, Tennessee.

the F.A.M.U. community gathered to remember Brown and Motlow, as friends told stories, trying to cope with the sudden loss of a friend. Aniya's best friend, Taylor CoffeY, says "Aniya was very lively, very snappy, everything was to a T. Just yeah, really shined wherever she went. She had a really big smile and everyone recognized it and knew it." Everyone who knew Aniya says her vibrant smile would light up a room. She was 19 years old and studying pre-industrial engineering.

Motlow was an Omega Psi Phi fraternity brother. His friends say he was passionate about his friends and education. He was a 20-year-old, majoring in pre-civil engineering, and a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers. President of the Society of Automotive Engineers Club, Rachael Rosko, says "He was super interest in business and sales. We were excited to get him started on that. He seemed like a very promising individual, he had so much potential going for him. "

The mood is sorrowful as students cry and hug each other, lighting their candles for a moment of silence. Students say the vigil is the strength the F.A.M.U. community needs right now.