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Ole Miss remembers student, parents killed in plane crash

Caroline Bartley (Source: University of Mississippi) Caroline Bartley (Source: University of Mississippi)

(WMC-TV) – As the National Transportation Safety Board comb the site of a plane, friends and family are coping with the loss of three family members killed in the crash.

Ole Miss student Caroline Bartley and her parents, Terri and James, were killed when their small plane crashed during a flight from North Carolina to Oxford. 

Four black bows line the columns of the Alpa Omicron Pi sorority house on the Ole Miss campus, where Caroline was an active member.

"We as a university are always saddened when we lose a student, Ole Miss is such a place of family, communications, and we're a close knit community even as big as we are," said Ole Miss Dean of Students Sparky Reardon.

Reardon said Caroline was a sophomore studying biology at the university.

"Every student I've talked with, or whom I've talked, has talked about what a bright and bubbly and just friendly person she was," said Reardon.

Even though it is summer and many students are away from campus, it did not stop an outpouring of prayers and support through sites like Facebook and Twitter. Reardon said the school will honor Bartley at a special ceremony.

"We have a University Memorial Day in the spring each year where we will remember all of the students in our community who have passed and she will be included in that this year," he said.

Bartley's parents were also killed when the plane went down. Investigators say severe storms near Booneville may have played a role in the crash. Reardon says the family leaves one behind.

"Our thoughts and prayers are definitely with her sister and her close friends and our students from Columbus Georgia where we have many," said the dean.

The AOPI sorority is sad to hear the news of its sister. They sent Action News 5 the following statement:

"As an organization founded solely on the premise of friendship, a loss of one of our members is always felt throughout all of our chapters across North America. Alpha Omicron Pi sends its deepest condolences to Caroline's siblings, the entire Bartley family and to the sisters of the Nu Beta Chapter with which she devoted so much of her time. In this time of tragedy, it is our hope that each of these ladies can find some comfort in the strong bonds of sisterhood within Alpha Omicron Pi."

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