EWU greek community shows support for crash victims' families

EWU greek community shows support for crash victims' families

EWU greek community shows support for crash victims' families

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on February 24, 2014 at 9:04 PM

Updated Monday, Feb 24 at 9:21 PM

CHENEY, Wash.--The Greek community at Eastern Washington University was stepping up Monday to help the families of two young women killed in a car crash in mid-February.

Washington State Patrol said the driver lost control and was rear-ended by a semi-truck.

Students at EWU said the tragedy is bringing sororities and fraternities together.

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

Nancy Zarate and Ashley Gonzales, both 21-years-old, helped jump-start Alpha Pi Sigma, a cultural sorority.      

Members of the sorority created a website to raise money for the women’s’ families.

Gonzales was on the women’s rugby team. Her teammates held up a picture in her memory after their first game without her.

Zarate was the president of Alpha Pi Sigma.

Members of other sororities cannot come to grips with what happened.

“I can't imagine what the chapter is going through. It's chaotic and heart breaking,” said Gabrielle Melendrez with Gama Phi Beta.
   
A sorority and fraternity were coming together Monday. A sorority is planning on sending a card and a care package to Alpha Pi. A fraternity is donating money they raised to the women’s’ families.
 
"It could happen to anyone. If it happened to one of my brothers, I'd want other houses to come together and support us. And that's what we believe,” said fraternity member Brenden Hargrave.

Administrators were planning a memorial for Ashley and Nancy that will most likely be the first week of March.

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