Georgia Southern University is getting ready to hold a memorial service at 7 p.m. at Sweetheart Circle for the five young women who died in a car accident Wednesday morning. Family, students and educators are mourning the loss of Emily Clark of Powder Springs, Morgan Bass of Leesburg, Abbie Deloach of Savannah, Catherine Pittman of Alpharetta and Caityln Baggett of Millen.
These five juniors were part of a close knit nursing class and also sororities. A nursing classmate says a memorial was placed today in each spot where these women would normally sit.
“It has been horrible, I’m not sure it has sunk in yet, there’s a lot of emotions going on. To lose five students out of a class of 50 is incompressible we are just having a terrible time with it,” said the Bachelor of Science In Nursing Director Dr. Melissa Garno.
To honor their memory some classmates are sporting a ribbon at the memorial service. The colors represent the school and the apricot bow at the end is the academic color for nursing.
GSU’s Greek system is also coming together in this time of need as they remember the sisters they lost.
“The impact that these women had on all of our lives just to be ripped away from us is so shocking and sad” said Alpha Omicron Pi sorority sister Shelby McEachron.
Dr. Garno said this tragedy may have rocked the eagle nation but they will fly through the grief together.
“We have alumni all over the country and we’ve gotten support and prayers from people we don’t even know which has been really special,” said Dr. Garno.
A scholarship fund has been set up at GSU in honor of these young women. You can ask for the Junior Year Nursing Fund if you would like to donate. Call the Nursing School at 912-478-5479.