One week after a fatal accident killed two Wayland Baptist Students and injured seven others, students come together to remember the victims and pray for those still hospitalized.
It happened Wednesday, October 20th, on U.S. Highway 70, 80 miles West of Plainview. A Jeep Cherokee was headed West when the driver hit a Grand Am head on. DPS Troopers say the sun may have played a role in the accident.
Wayland Baptist students, 19-year-old Katye Mansdoerfer of Albuquerque and 19-year-old Reid Rogers of Plainview were killed. The driver of the Jeep, 19-year-old Abby Holmes was released from the hospital one week later. All other victims involved have been released except for 21-year-old Jonathan Barnes and Maria Rodriguez. Barnes remains in critical condition at University Medical Center as of Wednesday evening. Rodriguez has been upgraded to satisfactory condition.
In Plainview, students, faculty and the community gathered to pay tribute to the two students, Katye Mansdoerfer and Reid Rogers who tragically died in the accident.
"We will miss these two students very much." Chapel at Wayland Baptist University wasn't the same Wednesday. It was missing two students: Katye Mansdoerfer and Reid Rogers.
"They just simply loved life and lived it to the fullest," says Campus Chaplain Donnie Brown who spent many days in campus ministry with the two. On Wednesday, 900 students and faculty gathered to remember their friends. "The mood on campus is kind of somber, not just kind of somber it is somber," explains Brown.
With tears of sorrow, friends celebrate Katye and Reid's time on earth. "The first day I ever met her she had this big smile on her face," says Michelle Johnston. And it's that smile, Katye's friend Michelle says she'll miss the most . "Her smiling and having fun with her friends and spending time the way she would want to, just being happy and no worries as usual," says Johnston.
"I just think Reid would want us to live our lives how we have and love the lord," reveals Paige Steward. It's that very love that will help the students and staff at Wayland Baptist move past their grief.
"Their love of life, their love for The Lord was an example to those around them and we can rejoice today because we know that the place they longed to be is where they are, it's with Christ and that's what carries us through," says Brown.