The weekend here at Purdue started off great, with a great Saturday of breakfast club, family day, tailgating, and a big win over Ball State. Unfortunately, the weekend did not end as well as it began; four beloved Purdue students passed away on Sunday, and have left many students to mourn their losses.
Two freshmen, Ryan Lockwood and Truc Huynh, died in a car crash together in Tippecanoe County on Sunday morning on State Road 28. Ryan was a student in the College of Technology and Truc, a student in the College of Science. Ryan and Truc’s vehicle collided with a semi and the students both suffered fatal injuries. Both are remembered by friends as having great hearts and senses of humor that are irreplaceable.
Another recently-graduated student, Yihong Liu was a dedicated and extremely bright scholar who had just earned her doctorate degree in the field of physics from Purdue University. The Purdue police were called for medical assistance and Liu was transported to a local hospital. It had been determined that she had suffered cardiac arrest and was later pronounced dead. Her former professors and co-advisers described Yihong Lui as being extremely gifted as a scientist and would have made a huge impact with her newly-earned career as a doctor in physics. Despite her brilliance, she was also said to have a great, upbeat personality and a positive attitude.
The fourth loss, a sophomore in the College of Education, Julissa Murphy, was found unresponsive in her dorm room by friends around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon. Police were called to Hillenbrand Hall, Murphy’s dorm, and she was taken to St. Elizabeth Central Hospital on Sunday where she was pronounced dead. Friends described Julissa as a sweet, quiet girl that was always happy and had a habit of making everyone around her happy. She worked at the Hillenbrand Dining Hall and was a member of Phoenix Club, as well as a volunteer at Purdue Christian Campus House where she was known for her love of Jesus and her devout Christianity.
These students will be honored and remembered for the great people they were and would have been.