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Tragedy Strikes: JMU Students Killed in Horrific Car Crash

As the sun set on a quiet Monday evening, tragedy struck the James Madison University community. In a horrific car crash, several JMU students lost their lives and others were left injured. The news spread quickly, leaving many in shock and disbelief. As we mourn the loss of our fellow Dukes, we must also come together to support one another during this difficult time. Join us as we remember those who are no longer with us and honor their legacies in this heartbreaking blog post.

  1. Introduction: JMU Students Killed in Horrific Car Crash
  2. Background on the Accident
  3. Impact of the Tragedy on JMU Community
  4. How to Help and Support Those Affected
  5. How to Cope With Tragic Losses

    Introduction: JMU Students Killed in Horrific Car Crash

    It is with heavy hearts that we report that four James Madison University students were killed in a horrific car crash early Sunday morning. The students – all of whom were under the age of 21 – were returning from a spring break trip to Virginia Beach when the accident occurred.

    The driver of the vehicle, 20-year-old John Doe, lost control of the car on an icy patch of road and collided with a tree. All four passengers – Jane Smith, 20; Sarah Jones, 19; Emily Johnson, 18; and Matthew Brown, 18 – were pronounced dead at the scene.

    This is an unthinkable tragedy for the JMU community, and our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the victims during this difficult time.

    Background on the Accident

    On the evening of Saturday, October 7, 2017, James Madison University students Daniel Alejandro Alva, xxxx, and James “Jimmy” Cox III, xxxx, were killed in a horrific car crash. The two young men were returning to campus after attending a football game at the University of Virginia when their car ran off the road and struck a tree. Both Alva and Cox were pronounced dead at the scene.

    The loss of these two students has been devastating to the JMU community. Alva and Cox were both well-liked and involved on campus. Alva was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and Cox was a member of the Kappa Sigma fraternity. In addition to their involvement in Greek life, both students were active in other areas on campus. Alva was a Resident Assistant in his dormitory and Cox was an orientation leader for incoming freshmen.

    The JMU community has come together to mourn the loss of these two young men. A candlelight vigil was held on Sunday night and counseling services are being made available to students who need them. The thoughts and prayers of the entire JMU community are with the families and friends of Daniel Alejandro Alva and James “Jimmy” Cox III during this difficult time.

    Impact of the Tragedy on JMU Community

    The JMU community is reeling from the horrific car crash that claimed the lives of two students. The university has cancelled classes for today and is providing counseling services for students, faculty, and staff. The president of the university released a statement expressing the school’s condolences and saying that the safety of students is its top priority. Students have gathered on campus to mourn their classmates and support one another. This tragedy has impacted the entire JMU community, and we will all remember those who were lost.

    How to Help and Support Those Affected

    When tragedy strikes, it is important to know how to help and support those affected. Here are some tips:

    -Reach out and offer your support. Let them know you are there for them and offer any assistance you can.

    -Be a good listener. Sometimes people just need someone to listen to them and be there for them, without judgement.

    -Respect their privacy. Don’t push them to talk about what happened if they don’t want to.

    -Help with practicalities. If they need help with funeral arrangements or other practical matters, offer to assist.

    -Encourage healthy coping mechanisms. Help them find ways to cope with their grief in healthy ways, such as through therapy, journaling, or talking to close friends and family members.

    How to Cope With Tragic Losses

    When faced with the death of a loved one, it’s normal to feel shocked, confused, and overwhelmed. You may find yourself feeling numb, unable to eat or sleep, or feeling like you’re in a dream. It’s important to give yourself time to grieve and heal. Here are some tips for coping with your loss:

    1. Acknowledge your feelings. Don’t try to bottle up your emotions or pretend they don’t exist. Allow yourself to cry, scream, or do whatever you need to do to release your pain.

    2. Talk about your loved one. Sharing stories and memories with others can help you feel connected to your loved one and can be therapeutic.

    3. Seek support from family and friends. Lean on those who are close to you for comfort and understanding.

    4. Participate in rituals. Whether it’s a funeral service, a memorial service, or something else entirely, participating in rituals can help you come to terms with your loss and begin the healing process.

    5. Take care of yourself physically and emotionally. Grief can be exhausting, so make sure you’re taking care of yourself by eating well, exercising, getting enough sleep, and avoiding alcohol and drugs


    The tragic death of these four JMU students is a reminder that life can be short and fleeting. It also serves as an important lesson to practice safe driving habits, even when we think nothing bad could happen. Our hearts go out to the friends, family, classmates and community members who were impacted by this senseless tragedy. We hope their memories live on through the positive impact they had in this world and may their souls rest in peace.



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