Statement from Kennesaw State University officials regarding loss of student in car accident

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KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 18, 2011) – Kennesaw State University officials were saddened to learn…

Georgia (Feb 18, 2011) — KENNESAW, Ga. (Feb. 18, 2011) – Kennesaw State University officials were saddened to learn today of the death of Lawrence Oladotun Ogunnowo, a current KSU student who was a passenger in a vehicular accident during the early morning hours today. The fatal accident killed Ogunnowo, and left the car’s driver and two other passengers injured.

A second passenger in the vehicle, Franklyn Osaretin Isibor, also is a student currently enrolled at KSU. A third passenger, Thierry Damon Hart, had previously attended the university and was last enrolled in fall 2010. The driver of the vehicle was not a Kennesaw State student.

Ogunnowo was a 19-year-old sophomore majoring in finance. He was actively involved in campus life at Kennesaw State, including the KSU Student Government Association, African American Student Alliance and a number of other student organizations.

"The entire KSU community is devastated by the news of Lawrence’s passing. He was a bright student who was extremely active and well liked by his fellow students, faculty and staff," said Jerome Ratchford, KSU’s vice president for student success. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Lawrence’s family and friends during this most difficult time, and also with the others who were
injured in the accident."

Officials encourage KSU students, faculty and staff who would like to speak with a grief counselor to please contact the Kennesaw State Counseling & Psychological Services Center at 770-423-6600.

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