Two Academy Students Killed, Two Injured
in Massachusetts Car Crash

Ian Brown

 single-car accident involving four students from South Lancaster Academy (SLA) in Massachusetts on Friday, January 20, left two dead and two others injured. Eighteen-year-old senior Victor Owusu of Worcester, and 17-year-old junior Ian Brown of Sterling, who was driving the Nissan Maxima, were killed; juniors Jody Fouche of Clinton and Nelson Perry of Still River, both 18, were hospitalized at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center in Worcester.

Local newspapers stated that the accident occurred late Friday morning, when
the students were traveling north on Holden Road in Sterling. The driver lost control of the vehicle, which then crashed into a tree. Police reports indicate that alcohol or drugs were not factors in the accident.

Students and parents gathered on Friday night at SLA as they began to cope with their loss. Personnel from Atlantic Union College and the Atlantic Union and Southern New England conferences were on hand to offer support. On Sabbath morning, nearly 500 people, including students, faculty, staff, families, and friends from the community, gathered at South Lancaster Academy for prayer, remembrances, and counseling. Later in the day groups of students met in classrooms with counselors and pastoral staff.

Victor Owusu

"Our school-wide theme this year is 'Koinonia' (community)," said Allyson Cram, principal of the a cademy and Browning Elementary School. "What an incredible outpouring of 'Koinonia' support we experienced over the last several days. There is a long road of healing--physical, emotional, and spiritual--for the Browning/South Lancaster Academy community in the months ahead. As a school family we believe that there is no doubt that we will come through victorious. as God is our strength, the Holy Spirit our comforter, and the Lord Jesus our healer.

"Thank you for the many thousands of prayers and words of support and encouragement we have received from you, our worldwide church family. Please continue to pray for us as we travel the road ahead follwing this tragedy."

For funeral information, click here.                                                                                      --Ednor Davison/AR.

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