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June 3, 2014

Two A&M-Commerce women's basketball players die in car crash

Two others in critical condition

PARIS — Four members of the Texas A&M University-Commerce women's basketball team were involved in a two-vehicle accident late Tuesday afternoon on Loop 286 in Paris. 

Officials are still investigating the incident, but can confirm two involved were pronounced dead on arrival at Paris Regional Medical Center. The two others are currently in critical condition. 

"This is an unspeakable tragedy and a loss that is felt by the entire university community," A&M-Commerce Dr. Dan Jones said. "It is made more grievous by the dreams that will not be fulfilled. Our prayers go out to the loved ones of those we have lost."

"Our thoughts and prayers are with our entire women's basketball and student-athlete family right now," A&M-Commerce Director of Athletics Ryan Ivey said. "We are saddened and heartbroken by the recent events, by our time being cut short with two great people who were full of life and Lion spirit."

A&M-Commerce officials are still coordinating a cooperative investigation with members of the Paris Police Department regarding details of the incident. Names of the deceased and injured individuals have not been released.

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