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Friday, February 24, 2012

Our hearts go out to the families and friends of these beautiful young women

Although we didn't know these girls, accidents like these hit too close to home for me.  I have a 17 yr old daughter who is getting ready to start college this fall at NDSU... I cannot begin to imagine what everyone is going through after such a horrible tragedy and I cant stop thinking about it.  We are all saddened by the news and wish all the families and friends comfort through the years to come as they all mourn their terrible loss.  God Bless!
NDSU Roommates Remember Crash Victims

FARGO, N.D. - Though it's still heart wrenching, the two roommates of the four NDSU students who were killed in a crash outside Alexandria, Minn., spoke with FOX 9 News about the friends they'd come to know so closely while living together.  There haven't been many moments since Monday when someone wasn't holding onto Shannon Nelson's hand. In fact, on Wednesday afternoon, Tanya Stillwell and Sophie Porter were still holding on tight. "They always had a smile on their faces -- always brought a smile to everybody else's face," Nelson told FOX 9 News.  Nelson may be the person on the North Dakota State University campus who knew the four victims the best. She spent many hours with her friends in their suit, which she shared with Megan Sample and Jordan Playle and Danielle Renninger. Each night, she slept in the bed next to Renninger's.  "It's hard being in there knowing that they are all gone. When I'm in there, I can't turn over at night and talk to Danielle for an hour and half like we used to," she said.  Porter and Stillwell are among many of the other girls who have opened up their room to Nelson. They cry together, but they also help each other remember how special each of their friends had been.  Though friends like Nelson, Stillwell and Porter only spent a semester with the four women, they say they will spend the rest of their lives remembering them.  Emily Alexander lived with Lauren Peterson, and said she had a difficult time coming back to the room they had shared.  "I went in there for the first time since we left on Friday. It was overwhelming," she said. "Something inside me still felt like she'd be there, but she wasn't."  Alexander and Peterson had been friends since they were 12 years old. "We talked about everything growing up -- where we wanted to live, weddings, babies. We talked about everything," she said.  So, when it came time to go to college, the pair knew they were going to NDSU -- and they knew they simply had to room together.  "Moving in together -- we were both so nervous, but we always said it was really nice to have someone there, that we wouldn't have to do it alone," Alexander recalled.  Alexander returned to campus for just one day, but despite the support she's received on campus and at home, she said she now feels alone at NDSU. Now, she thinks her time at the school may be coming to an end.  "I haven't decided what I'm going to do," she said. "I can't stay in that room without her. I don't know if I can come back without her. It doesn't seem right."

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