ATLANTA (WTOC) - Back in April, five Georgia Southern University nursing students died in a crash on their way to Savannah.
Monday, loved ones and state lawmakers remembered the victims under that Gold Dome in Atlanta. The memorial inside the capitol serves as a poignant reminder that this tragedy touched more than just our part of Georgia.
Nursing students from across the state came to help remember five Georgia Southern nursing majors killed tragically in a crash in April. Classmates shared the grief that began with a Facebook post.
"'Our friends were involved in an accident.' That sentence changed everything," said Emily McGuire, classmate.
Five died and two others survived in the crash. Governor Nathan Deal told the audience Monday that Georgia has since put more funding and training into patrolling highways and regulating truck traffic.
"To lose five young ladies who had devoted their lives to the field of nursing, is truly a tragedy," said Gov. Nathan Deal.
Those who held this ceremony did what they could to comfort the five families and reaffirm the girls may be gone, but they won't be forgotten.
"It is overwhelming. Speaking on behalf of the family and the other families. We appreciate the support. It was of course a sad occasion but also an uplifting occasion," said Kim DeLoach, Abbie DeLoach's mom.
Classmates say the loss has drawn together those who remain.