Four Omaha woman, all 21, were killed in a two-vehicle accident south of Beatrice Saturday evening.
Three of the four women killed in the crash, Akuel Majouk, Yoselin Deleon and Jennifer Guzman, were juniors at Creighton University. The fourth, Mariana Ramirez, was a former student.
According to Nebraska State Patrol, Majouk was driving a 2001 Honda CRV southbound on Highway 77 when she swerved to miss a deer. The vehicle crossed into the northbound lane where it was struck broadside by a northbound 1999 Toyota 4Runner.
Seat belts were in use by all vehicle occupants, NSP said.
About a mile of Highway 77 was closed for more than five hours.
NSP was assisted by the Beatrice Fire and Rescue and the Gage County Sheriff’s Office.
The driver of the Toyota, Robert Saunders, 60, of Waverly, was transported by helicopter to Bryan West with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
Creighton is planning to hold a Mass in honor of the four women at 8:30 p.m. Sunday in St. John's Church. Counseling will also be provided at the university.
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In a letter to the Creighton community, Rev. Daniel S. Hendrickson spoke about coming together and providing support for one another in the wake of the event.
“Our prayers are with the victims of the accident as well as with their family members who are mourning today,” Hendrickson said.
He also asked that while the community grieves, to remember and pray for the recovery of the other accident victim.
Guzman and Deleon were members of the Tau Delta chapter of Sigma Lambda Gamma sorority while Majouk was its president, according to its website.
In response to the accident, Tau Delta also issued a statement on its Facebook page asking members to remember the character of their sisters.
“We remember them for the joy, laughter and charisma these girls brought with them,” it said. “Heaven gained new angels, and we are sending thoughts and prayers to their family and friends.”
Underneath its post, Tau Delta sisters, friends of the sorority and others shared their condolences. They commented about the loss felt by the sorority’s family, the girls’ families and the Creighton community as a whole. But although every comment was different, most shared a common ending.
“Hermanas Por Vida.”