B-CU Mourns the Passing of Student Marcus Thomas

Daytona Beach, Fla. -- Five Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) students this morning were involved in a one-vehicle crash, resulting in the passing of student Marcus Thomas. President Trudie Kibbe Reed and the B-CU campus community are mourning this tragic loss and praying for the victims' families.

"On behalf of the entire university family, we extend our condolences to the family and loved ones of our beloved student and we will lift them up in prayer during this difficult time," said President Reed. "We also offer our support and prayers to the other students involved in this incident and wish them a healthy recovery."

Thomas, an 18-year-old freshman music education major, was a member of the Marching Wildcats Band. The university will be providing grief counselors on campus to help those in need of support.

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Founded in 1904 by Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement. B-CU offers baccalaureate degrees in 37 majors through six academic schools – Arts & Humanities; Business; Education; Nursing; Science, Engineering and Mathematics; and Social Sciences – and maintains intercollegiate athletic programs and instrumental and choral groups that have achieved national recognition. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of more than 3,400.