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      Two Valley students killed during wreck at university

      via Twitter (@JayRJordan)

      Two students from the Rio Grande Valley were killed during a wreck on Sam Houston State University (SHSU) grounds.

      Eric Torres of San Juan and Alfonso Mata of Brownsville were killed during a car crash at the university, about 60 miles outside of Houston.

      The crash happened around 4:51 a.m. in Huntsville, and SHSU Police Department responded to the scene.

      Julia May, Associate Director of Communications at SHSU, said Torres was an economics and international business student at the university, and Mata was studying criminal justice.

      Our Bearkat Family is deeply saddened by the loss of our students in this tragic accident. Our hearts go out to their family and friends during this difficult time," SHSU President Dana Gibson said in a statement.

      Blanca Espinal, also a 19-year-old college student from Houston was killed in the crash.

      Thomas Roling, a 23-year-old from The Woodlands is currently admitted to Huntsville Memorial Hospital.

      The accident remains under investigation at this time.

      SMHU has a memorial every spring for those who have passed away.

      Flowers have been placed at the crash site to remember the three students.

      Today, a commencement took place and a moment of silence was observed in remembrance of the students.

      The university is currently on winter break at this time.