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Vigil for FAMU Student Killed in Accident [SLIDE SHOW]

By: Garin Flowers Email
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By: Garin Flowers

It was a day of tears, tight hugs and prayer. Hundreds of students, faculty and staff at FAMU gathered in the Foster Tanner band hall on campus to remember 20-year-old Timbrina Thomas.

"She was a really sweet person," Glyn Turner, Friend of Timbrina Thomas, said.

Blank says she and Thomas became close as freshmen in Fall 2010 and both were saxophonists for the marching 100.

"It was very heartbreaking because two weeks ago I just lost my grandfather and then to hear this it was just all a lot of emotions," said Thomas.

Fellow students say Thomas was a third year psychology major.

The Florida Highway Patrol says the she was a passenger in a car heading north on the turnpike Sunday.

FHP says the driver lost control when the tires separated and the car flipped over. Thomas was ejected and died on the scene. The report says she didn't have on a seatbelt.

"It was very disheartening because we just lost someone a little over a year ago and to be here again you know, very saddening. However, we felt like it was important for us to come together and lean on each other and show support for each other."

Binding together and pushing through another tragedy...that's the goal for many in the FAMU community.

"She was always on time, she was very dedicated, she was a hard working person," said Turner.

At this point the crash is still under investigation. Another passenger in the car was sent to the hospital with minor injuries the driver with serious injuries, but she is expected to be okay.


By: Garin Flowers

Tallahassee, Fla. - The Florida A & M community is mourning the loss of one of their own.

A student died in a car crash on her way back to school from spring break.

This is a tough time for the FAMU community, and at the vigil this afternoon, it was visible on the faces of students who just held a vigil for Timbrina Thomas.

She was a 3rd year student at FAMU and member of the marching 100.

According to the crash report, Thomas was a passenger in a vehicle heading north on the turnpike. The report says the driver lost control when the tires separated; Thomas was ejected and died on the scene.

The driver and passenger were taken to the hospital and are expected to survive.


Tallahassee, FL - A vigil is being held for Timbrina Thomas, a FAMU student and member of the Marching 100 who was killed in a car accident this weekend.

More than 100 students, faculty and staff are at the vigil. Interim President Larry Robinson is also present.

WCTV will bring you more on the vigil tonight on Eyewitness News.


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