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Three members of a college marching band were killed by a truck while changing a tire on the side of the road on Sunday.
Students and faculty at Southern University and A&M College, a historically black college in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, are mourning the loss of three members of the school’s Human Jukebox marching band.
Louisiana State Police identified the victims as Tyran Williams, 19, Dylan Young, 21, and Broderick Moore, 19. Williams and Young were from Dallas, Texas, while Moore was from Cedar Hill, Texas.
The students were attempting to change a flat tire on their Jeep when a passing truck drifted onto the shoulder and hit the left side of their vehicle, police confirmed.
The truck driver, 62-year-old Clyde Gay of Coushatta, Louisiana, was detained after the incident. He was given a routine toxicology test, and police are still investigating the cause of the crash.
Human Jukebox director Kedric Taylor said he was ‘utterly devastated’ after hearing the news about the bandmembers.
‘Tyran Williams, Dylan Young, and Broderick Moore were some of the most promising, humble, and talented student musicians I’ve had the pleasure of instructing,’ Taylor said. ‘The dedication and work ethic they displayed to the Human Jukebox was inspiring.’
Williams and Moore were both freshman majoring in music. Young was a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering.
Southern University President-Chancellor Dennis Shields said his thoughts were with the families of the victims.
‘I know that the sudden loss of a classmate or friend can be devastating,’ Shields said in a message to students on Facebook. ‘I encourage you to reach out to someone you trust to talk about your feelings.’
Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards also joined Shields in offering his condolences to the students’ friends and families.
‘They were dedicated to their education, incredibly talented and provided joy to everyone who had the opportunity to hear them play as part of one of the greatest college bands in the nation,’ Edwards said on Twitter.
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