Campus Remembers 6 BGSU Students Killed In Crash

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Michelle was the homecoming queen who loved sports. Jessica was the honors student who wanted to be a nurse. And Ryan Leigh was the cheerleader who collected coats for needy kids.

The three Bowling Green State University students and three friends who lived in the same dormitory were killed coming home from a spring break trip to Florida.

Students, friends and family gathered Tuesday night for a campus memorial service at the university's basketball arena.

The university, with 19,000 students, has been shaken by their deaths.

Students paused for six minutes of silence Friday, marking a week since the crash.

The six students, all 19, were returning from Panama City, Fla., on March 15 when their minivan slid into oncoming traffic and was struck by a tractor-trailer.

Authorities said severe winds and heavy rain may have contributed to the crash, which happened on Interstate 71 near Verona, Ky., about 25 miles south of Cincinnati.

Killed were: Jessica Hedlund, of Perrysburg; Andrea Bakker, of Strongsville; Sara Jean McCarthy, of Brook Park; Jacqueline Ahlers, of Vandalia; and Michelle Saunders and Ryan Leigh Foss, both of Huron.

Five of the six lived together in a suite in Founders Hall. The sixth lived two floors above. All were sophomores except Saunders, a freshman.

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