EWU holds memorial Monday for students killed in crash near Colfax


by KREM.com


Posted on March 3, 2014 at 10:44 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 3 at 6:55 PM

CHENEY, Wash. -- Eastern Washington University held a Campus Wide memorial Monday for two students killed in a car crash south of Colfax on February 21.

Nancy Zepeda Zarate and Ashley Gonzalez, both 21, were killed in the wreck according to the Washington State Patrol. Both victims were not wearing seatbelts while riding in the 1999 Volkswagen Jetta according to authorities.

Investigators believe the driver of the Jetta may have lost control heading northbound on the highway.  The car then reportedly spun out in front of a semi traveling south.

Nearly 300 friends, students and staff came to the memorial to remember the two girls on Monday.

Zarate and Gonzales were leaders of their newly formed sorority Alpha Pi Sigma. Their sisters remembered the two as loving girls who always made time for others.

"Nancy was that person when she walked in the room you knew right away she was born to be a leader,” said one friend.

READ: Two EWU students killed in Colfax crash, 2 others injured

Zarate was president of the sorority and was known for her passion to succeed.

"Her passion came from her heart and her desire to give to those in her organization,” said one sorority member.

Members of Alpha Pi presented Zarate’s family with a gift in her honor.

Gonzales was a member of the women’s rugby team. She was known for motivating others and never giving up.

"She was positive, encouraging and an inspiration to those around her,” said friends of Gonzales.

The tragedy has brought the Greek community even closer together. Sorority and fraternity members dropped off notes and cards for the girls’ sorority sisters.