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Hundreds turn out for memorial honoring USF fraternity brothers killed in wrong-way crash

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Ghan Ilias speaks about his brother Jim at USF. Ghan Ilias speaks about his brother Jim at USF.
Hundreds attended memorial at USF for the four students killed in I-275 crash. Hundreds attended memorial at USF for the four students killed in I-275 crash.

Hundreds of people paid their respects Thursday to four University of South Florida fraternity members who were killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 275 on Sunday.

USF hosted the public memorial for Sigma Beta Rho Fraternity brothers, Jobin Kuriakose, Ankeet Patel, Dammie Yesudhas, and Imtiyaz "Jim" Ilias on its campus on Thursday afternoon.

The emotional service included musical performances and speakers who honored the men.

USF also announced that the men will receive posthumous honorary degrees at the college's graduation ceremony in May.

Daniel Lee Morris, 28, was identified as the driver who hit the vehicle the men were driving in early Sunday morning. Morris also died in the crash.

Investigators say Morris had taken a 2001 Ford Expedition from a friend. He was driving southbound in the northbound lanes of I-275 when he hit a Hyundai carrying the fraternity brothers.

State Troopers are trying to determine where Morris entered the interstate and whether drugs or alcohol played a role in the crash.

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