FLOYD COUNTY, TX. (THECOUNT) — Brian Anderson, Christian Orozco and Elena Vazquez, have been identified as the Wayland Baptist University students killed in a Saturday triple-fatal vehicle crash in Floyd County, Texas.
Anderson, a recent graduate from Lancaster California, Orozco, a junior from Fort Worth, and Vazquez, a sophomore from Houston, were all killed in a two-vehicle collision Saturday afternoon. All three students were current or past members of Wayland’s wrestling program.
“We are so devastated by this terrible loss of life,” WBU President, Dr. Bobby Hall said. “Our Wayland family, including our Board of Trustees, are praying for the families of these students. We grieve with them and we pray for peace and comfort during these unimaginable circumstances.”
WBU Wrestling coach Kiiler Stephens said all three were good friends and well-liked by the team.
“All three were just beautiful, amazing people,” he said. “We are deeply saddened and my heart goes out to their families and their friends.”
“We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of our students who we lost today,” said Dr. Claude Lusk, Sr. Vice President of Operations and Student Life. “Words fall short of describing what these families are experiencing. Words also fall short of the grace, peace and comfort that we will be asking our Heavenly Father to shower on these families. We ask that you keep these students and their family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.”
Wayland’s Campus Minister, the Baptist Student Ministry director, and counselors will be available on campus at the Jimmy Dean Hall lobby Saturday evening at 9:30pm for students or employees.
Lusk added that because so many of our students are on summer break, the university will also provide professional counseling for WBU students and classmates through their 24/7 online TimelyMD Care program.
Details of the crash were not immediately made available.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.
Geo quick facts: Floyd County is a county in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, its population was 6,446. The seat of the county is Floydada. The county was created in 1876 and later organized in 1890. It is named for Dolphin Ward Floyd, who died on his 32nd birthday, March 6, 1836, defending the Alamo – Wikipedia.