2 A&M-Commerce athletes killed, 2 injured in late night car crash
POSTED: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 - 11:59pm
UPDATED: Friday, June 6, 2014 - 8:45am
Paris, Texas (KETK/TAMUC) — Two members of the Texas A&M-Commerce women's basketball team were killed and two were injured in a two-vehicle accident late Tuesday afternoon on Loop 286 in Paris while en route to Paris High School to watch a summer league basketball game.
Officials are still investigating the incident, but can confirm two involved, Aubree Butts, 20, of Lewisville, and Devin Oliver, 21, of Rowlett, were pronounced dead on arrival at Paris Regional Medical Center. Zenobia Winbush, 19, of Schertz, and La'Tisha Hearne, 21, of Richardson, were also injured in the wreck, and the school says they were listed as in critical condition prior to being released from the hospital.
Pictured are the injured athletes: (L) Zenobia Winbush and (R) La'Tisha Hearne.
All four of the students are high profile leaders on campus and serve in student organization and leadership roles outside of their athletic activities and are highly regarded, say school officials.
"This is an unspeakable tragedy and a loss that is felt by the entire university community," A&M-Commerce Dr. Dan Jones said. "It is made more grievous by the dreams that will not be fulfilled. Our prayers go out to the loved ones of those we have lost."
"Our thoughts and prayers are with our entire women's basketball and student-athlete family right now," A&M-Commerce Director of Athletics Ryan Ivey said. "We are saddened and heartbroken by the recent events, by our time being cut short with two great people who were full of life and Lion spirit."
A&M-Commerce officials are still coordinating a cooperative investigation with members of the Paris Police Department regarding details of the incident.
According to KETR, a candlelight vigil will be held to honor the women at Rachel's Garden on the TAMUC campus at 9:00 p.m., Wednesday. University flags are also being flown at half-staff. A map of the campus can be found here.
The school reports in response to this accident, the Counseling Center is available to walk-in students, as well as faculty and staff, who would like to speak with a counselor. The Rayburn Student Center is also open for groups of students, organizations and others who may wish to meet and hold vigil.
KETK would like to offer our sincere condolences to the TAMUC community and hoping, together, they can all heal from this tragedy while honoring the lives lost and helping those injured quickly recover. #LionStrong #PrayforTAMUC