‘Destruction does not do justice’

Families and communities from Portugal to Colorado are mourning the loss of six golfers and a coach of one of nine people killed in two car accidents on a highway in Texas on Tuesday.

Six members of the Southwestern University men’s and women’s golf teams aged 18 to 22 have died along with head coach Tyler James, the Texas Department of Public Safety said Wednesday.

The team was in a passenger van returning to their campus in Hobbs, New Mexico, from a race in Midland, Texas, when a Dodge 2500 pickup truck ran across their road and collided and the van on a two -lane road. road in Andrews County at 8:17 pm local time, Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Steven Blanco said.


The blaze also claimed the lives of the truck’s driver, Henrich Siemens, 38, and a 13 -year -old passenger, according to Texas DPS.

Two members of the surviving golfers, Dayton Price, 19, and Hayden Underhill, 20, of Ontario, Canada, were airlifted to University Medical Center in Lubbock, where they remain in a severity.

“The USW campus community is shocked and saddened today as we mourn the deaths of members of our university family,” Southwest University said in a statement.

National Transportation Safety Board officials told a press conference Wednesday that they were sending investigators to determine the cause of the crash.

NBC News national correspondent Morgan Chesky spoke with family members and former teachers of some of the victims on Thursday as communities in four states and three countries mourned their loss.

Ben Kirkes, a golfer at Rockwind Community Links in Hobbs who worked closely with the team, held a community memorial for those who died.

“You don’t have to take life lightly, and you have to stick with the people you love,” Kirkes told Chesky.

The team was also honored by Midland College head coach Walt Williams, who left their team on the board after the final round of the tournament was canceled in the crash.

Here’s what to know about victims:

Karisa Raines
Karisa RainesCourtesy Sandy Raines

Karisa Raines21 years old, a young adult of biology and faithful Christian from Fort Stockton, Texas, who was preparing to graduate early.

“He’s my baby, and I don’t know what I would have done without him,” his mother, Sandy Raines told Chesky on TODAY.

“Right now he’s just thinking all the time, well, we’re going to wake up from this nightmare, but it’s not happening,” his father, Gary Raines, told TODAY .

Karisa planned to pursue a master’s degree in science at the University of the Southwest.

Courtesy The Zinn family

Jackson Zinn22, is a student from Westminster, Colorado, specializing in hospital administration, according to the athletic school’s website.

A Facebook post written by a friend on behalf of Zinn’s family said Zinn had worked with children with special needs as a volunteer at Westminster United Soccer.

“Destruction does not do justice,” wrote Heather Simms Schichtel. “To know Jackson is to know his sweet nature, his piercing blue eyes, speed and his tears you swear can be intimidating. He loved his family, loved golf and true to his faith. ”

Travis Garcia19, a freshman of the high criminal court from Pleasanton, Texas, who was intended to be a professional golfer or a member of the Secret Service, according to his lifetime.

“The thing about Travis is he worked hard and everyone saw that and it encouraged everyone around him to work hard like him,” Pleasanton golf coach Mike said. War on the San Antonio Express-News. “Travis was the main reason we qualified for the state tournament for the first time in school history last year.”

“The entire Pleasanton ISD community is shocked and saddened for the entire family,” Pleasanton Independent County athletic director Tab Dumont said in a statement to NBC News. “Not only is Travis a great golfer and a good kid, he comes from a good family. His mother used to work in the county and Travis did great things in college and life.”

mauritius sanchez19, a freshman also played for a golf club in Mexico, according to the Mexican Golf Federation.

“The Mexican Golf Federation is saddened by the tragic death of Mauricio Sánchez López, a member of the University’s Southwest Golf Team and the Pulgas Pandas Golf Club,” the organization said. tweeted in Spanish on Wednesday. “We extend our deepest condolences to family and friends.”

Laci Stone, left, with her high school teacher Heather Nobile
Laci Stone, left, with her high school teacher Heather Nobile Courtesy Heather Nobile

Laci Maa, 18, was a new member of global business administration from Nocona, Texas, according to his account on the school site. He heartily listed “all pass teams” with his teams as his favorite sports.

Her mother, Chelsi Stone, wrote on Facebook that her daughter is a “take full sun in this short time on earth” with a picture of them with bats create a commonality in their left hand.

Colby Schniederjan, his former golf coach at Nocona High School, remembered his lively character.

“There’s never been a weak moment with Laci,” he told Chesky in a phone interview. “He joked and sang and lived life to the fullest, and it would be very difficult not to have him. It’s a difficult thing to face now. ”

Tiago Sousa18, a freshman came from Portugal, according to the Texas DPS.

“I am a humble person who never gives up and is always ready to face all the challenges he faces,” Sousa wrote on an athletic history.

He played at Escola Secundaria de Loule in Loule, Portugal, in high school before beginning his career at Southwest University, according to history. He hoped to become a professional on the PGA or the European Tour.

Tyler James
Tyler JamesUniversity of the Southwest

Tyler James, 26, was in his first season as head coach of the university’s men’s and women’s teams. He has been a graduate assistant professor at East Texas Baptist University for the past two years, as far as his life goes.

He played in college at the University of Ottawa and Howard Payne University. He earned a degree in education from Howard Payne University and a master’s degree in kinesiology from East Texas Baptist University.

“He’s a good young man and has built an interesting program at USW,” Walt Williams, the instructor at Midland College, said in a statement.