Spelman is mourning the loss of two young women who were both killed in car accidents only a week apart.
Princess Yates died on July 21 in Monrovia, Liberia. She had recently withdrawn from Spelman where she had been studying for a double major in engineering and environmental science.
Her friends and family are angry over her death as it appears it could have been prevented. Her god mother wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper in Monrovia and she wrote, “according to several eyewitnesses, she was refused treatment because she had no money on her.”
“It has hit home, my precious god daughter, who only went home to celebrate her grandmother’s 90th birthday for the first time, died senselessly because staffs at [the hospital] refused to treat her.”
The family does not have enough money to have her body sent home so they are raising money online so that she can be buried in the US.
In another crash, this time in Atlanta, Erica Lanier was killed when the car she was in lost control and crashed into a utility pole and a fence.
The driver of the vehicle, Alexis Sims remains hospitalized and has been charged with first-degree homicide by vehicle, improper lane change and driving under the influence. The two women were close friends.
Lanier majored in education studies and loved to dance. She was part of the Morehouse “Mahogany-n-Motion” dance team and would perform at half-time shows.
A spokesperson for the group released a statement.
“Erica was a beautiful, passionate, resilient, outspoken, educator, mentor, sister and friend. She has mentees all over the country who are all mourning the loss of their big sister.”