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GSU campus mourns loss of student killed in car crash

By Jasmine Franklin
On July 28, 2021

The campus of Grambling State University is mourning the loss of Lajermanique Nichols.

Nichols -- known to many students as “Jerm” -- was a sophomore and native of Jonesboro, La. The 19 year-old was studying Criminal Justice.

On her Twitter page, Nichols said that she was “excited for the fall semester.” Her last tweet said “Ready to be with my grambling friends. That’s it that’s all.”

On Monday Nichols was killed in a car crash.

Nichols, who was the driver, was traveling east on Works Road west of LA Hwy 818, which is just south of Ruston in Lincoln Parish.

According to Louisiana State Police, at approximately 3:45 p.m. the vehicle began to rotate, traveled off the road and struck a large tree.

Nichols' brother, 17-year-old Lajavion Nichols and 16-year-old Javious Holden also died in the accident.

A fourth passenger -- 18-year-old Edward Kary -- sustained life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital.

The crash remains under investigation. President Rick Gallot Jr. said he was saddened to hear the news of the loss. 

“We are heartbroken when a member of the Grambling State family passes away. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends during this difficult time. Her presence will be missed,” Gallot said.

Last night hundreds of GSU students expressed on social media under the “GramFam” hashtag, the positive impact “Jerm” had on the campus.

The Sophomore Class of the Student Government Association is hosting a balloon release and candle lighting ceremony on Aug. 8 at 8:45 p.m. on The Yard. Everyone is asked to wear red in memory of her.

The Gramblinite will provide updates as the crash is an ongoing investigation.

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