Students Cope With the Loss of a Classmate

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By Trenton Davis
10:20 p.m.

Tears rolled down the faces of friends mourning the loss of Nefertiti Williams, a FAMU journalism student found dead in her home on Thanksgiving.

Counselors met with students at the FAMUAN to help them cope with the loss of a loved one.

"I wanted to make sure that we impressed upon the young people that its okay to cry, its okay to be angry, its okay to be upset but don't stay at that point, and that is a key process," said Rev. John F. White, one of the grief counselors.

Students took turns remembering Williams. They described what type of person she was and then spoke on the importance of expressing frustrations.

"If you don't go through a grieving process you'll probably hold on to it and it will build up, and then it will just burst out later in life which could be a serious problem. So I'm grateful that they came in, that they talked to us, that they explained how to handle this situation, so now we're just looking forward to the future," said Brent Hatchett, a co-worker of Williams.

Everyone began holding hands and praying for the strength to understand and properly handle this tragedy.

A memorial service for Nefertiti Williams is set for Tuesday at 6 p.m. at the Eternal Flame on FAMU's campus.