An early morning two-car accident on Oct. 4 claimed the lives of two Dallas Baptist University students.
Two first-year students—Kaitlyn Kotzman of Fort Worth and Karina de la Rosa of Pearsall—were killed in the crash on Mountain Creek Parkway, less than a mile from the university campus.
“We are devastated by this horrible loss of life,” DBU President Adam C. Wright said. “We are praying for the families of all those involved as they process through this tragedy.”
Three other students involved in the accident sustained non-life-threatening injuries and are recovering with their families, Blake Killingsworth, vice president for communications at DBU, reported on Oct. 6.
After an evening prayer service in Pilgrim Chapel on Oct. 5, DBU posted on Facebook: “Father, it is with heavy hearts that we draw near in prayer, not understanding but with confidence in your promise to work all things for our good and your glory, with confidence in your power to redeem and restore.
“To the families of Karina and Kaitlyn, it was a gift to walk with your daughters. Our DBU Family grieves with you and continues to pray for you.
“To our students, we love you. We’re honored to be your DBU Family. We want to walk alongside you in this season.”
DBU administration announced the university will provide counseling for classmates and friends of the affected students.
On Sept. 25, a DBU doctoral student from Odessa and his wife were killed in an auto collision. Kenny Comstock, executive pastor of the nondenominational Crossroads Fellowship church in Odessa, and his wife Melissa died in a two-vehicle collision in New Mexico.