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Community Mourns After Wrong-Way Crash That Killed 5 People in Middleboro, Mass.

The suspected wrong-way driver has been identified as a 31-year-old woman from Fall River, Mass.

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    Two schools mourn the loss of students who were killed in a wrong-way crash in Middleboro, Mass. (Published Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2016)

    Families are grieving the loss of five people killed in a wrong-way crash on Interstate 495 in Middleboro, Massachusetts.

    Dozens came out for a vigil Monday night to remember Jordan J. Fisher, 19, of Harwich, Massachusetts, Jordan J. Galvin-Jutras, 19, of Barnstable, Massachusetts, and Kraig A. Diggs, age 20, of Paxton and Barnstable, all of whom were cousins; and Cory P. Licata, age 18, of West Babylon, New York. 

    Diggs was planning to drop off his cousin, Fisher, and Fisher's friend Licata at Becker College. Both were first-year students at the school.

    He was then going to drive to Anna Maria College, where he and his other cousin, Galvin-Jutras, were both sophomores.

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    The school's vice president of student success, Andrew Klein, expressed sorrow.

    "Two students who were very popular, very visible on campus," Klein said. "There's very few people who don't feel really touched by this. I'ts hard to deal with every day."

    "I didn't believe it cause I just woke up when I found out, so I thought it was just a dream," said John Pierre, who was close friends with Galvin. "This one really touched home."

    Richard Guzman had class with Fisher and Licata.

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    "The thing that really got to me the most was I don't even remember their faces," Guzman said. "I don't even remember their names. So it's like, they're gone. Now I won't be able to get to know them."

    On their trip Sunday night, state police say a woman, who has been identified as 31-year-old Valantein V. Burson of Fall River, Massachusetts, was going the wrong way and collided with their car, killing everyone in the crash. 

    Tuesday, friends remembered Burson for her big smile, bigger heart and warm personality. Her mother drove from Florida to Fall River to go through her late daughter's belongings.

    "It's a tragedy for both sides, the kids that passed away and her," said Ian Biberios, who lives across the hall from Burson's apartment. "They are pretty young."

    Police say they're not sure how Burson ended up driving on the wrong side.

    A statement from Anna Maria College reads in part, "The entire Anna Maria College community is devastated by the news of the tragic accident that took the lives of two of our students."

    It adds, "During this time of sadness, let us turn to our faith and our Anna Maria family for support as we mourn for this loss. We pray for them, their families and all of those involved in the accident."

    Becker College also released a statement mourning the loss of two of their own students that reads in part, "Our sincere condolences and prayers go out to their families, friends, and local communities. To support our campus community, the college is providing counseling services."

    The school said it will hold a memorial service at a later date to honor the lives of the students killed in the crash.

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