Memorial service held for UR students killed in crash

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HENRICO, VA (WWBT) –   A memorial service was held this morning for two University of Richmond students killed in a car crash last week.

Sisters Jamie and Paige Malone made a huge impact on campus and throughout the community.

Today's prayer vigil coincided with the sister's funeral in New York. These girls touched a lot of lives, leaving their family, friends, and the entire campus in mourning.

"Inspirational" -- That's how the campus community as a whole describes sisters Jamie and Paige Malone.

Dozens of people trickled into the Cannon Chapel at the University of Richmond for their memorial service Monday; showcasing the impact they had on so many lives.

Jamie, 22, graduated in May and was set to teach fourth grade in Henrico County this fall.

Paige, 19, was a junior and a business major.

"She was a very respectful wonderful student, she worked hard, you could tell she had friends in the class, she seemed like a very good person," said Craig Heinicke, professor in the Department of Economics.

The Malone sister's lives were cut short last week. The young ladies were riding to work at a camp for special needs children on Long Island when the car spun out of control and hit a tree.

News of their shocking deaths traveled quickly.

The Malone family has a long history on this campus.

Jamie and Paige's older brother Terence and sister Daphne both graduated from Richmond and they have a cousin who's a senior.

Monday's prayer vigil was attended mostly by faculty and staff.

The student body president and several other university leaders traveled to New York for Jamie and Paige's funeral services.

The University wanted to host this coinciding memorial to honor the girl's memory on the campus they made such an impact on.

"This is a tragedy to a community so it's a chance for a community to gather, even those who didn't know them to have a chance for a public, public expression of grief and loss," Kocher said.

Because it is summer break, another memorial service will be held this fall when all students return to campus.

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