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Deadly crash: USF organizing memorial, offering counseling

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USF President Judy Genshaft. File photo USF President Judy Genshaft. File photo
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The University of South Florida will offer counseling for students and USF community members impacted by Sunday morning's wrong-way crash on I-275 in Tampa that killed four USF students.

USF President Judy Genshaft released a statement that offered condolences to the families and friends of Dammie Yesudhas, Imtiyaz “Jim” Ilias, Ankeet Patel and Jobin Kuriakose, who were fraternity brothers in Sigma Beta Rho that died in the crash.

Genshaft also said the school is planning a memorial service later in the week.

Below is the complete text of Genshaft's statement:

A Message to the Community from USF President Judy Genshaft:

On behalf of the University of South Florida’s students, faculty and staff, I offer my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the three USF students and one former student who lost their lives in an automobile collision on Sunday morning. Mere words cannot convey the depth of shock and sadness this terrible event brings to all who knew and cherished these wonderful young men – Dammie Yesudhas, Imtiyaz “Jim” Ilias, Ankeet Patel and Jobin Kuriakose – who were fraternity brothers in Sigma Beta Rho.

Our hearts are heavy at the loss of such bright, energetic and optimistic young people who had promising futures ahead of them; to have their lives cut tragically short betrays our sense of fairness and security. Now is the time when our faith and the support of those closest to us can sustain us, and should in tribute to their spirit of friendship and brotherhood.

The USF Counseling Center is available to provide services and resources to students who are struggling with the loss of friends and classmates. I encourage anyone who is in despair or simply feels the need to talk to reach out to the counseling center at (813) 974-2831 for either individual or group counseling. Assistance is available 24-hours a day and on weekends. For faculty and staff who have been touched by this tragedy, the Employee Assistance Program stands ready to help at 1-800-327-8705.

The USF chapter of Sigma Beta Rho will be planning an on-campus memorial service for later in the week and we will make that information available at www.usf.edu for all those who would like to attend. Please keep the families and friends of Dammie, Jim, Ankeet and Jobin in your thoughts in this difficult time.


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