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SBU memorial service planned for victims of deadly crash

BOLIVAR, Mo. (BP)–A memorial service for three Southwest Baptist University students who died in a one-vehicle accident has been planned for Friday, Dec. 8 at 10 a.m. in Pike Auditorium on the Bolivar campus.

The funeral for Greg Germany will be at Greenlawn South Funeral Home Wednesday, Dec. 6 at 1 p.m. Germany, 22, of Rogersville, Mo. was a member of the SBU men’s basketball team.

Funeral services for Mary Miller will be at 1 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Phillipsburg Christian Church in Phillipsburg, Mo. Miller, 20, of Niangua, Mo. played on SBU’s women’s basketball team.

The funeral for Bryon Phillips will be held at 2 p.m. at the Rainey Funeral Home in Bernie, Mo. Phillips, 27, was the husband of SBU volleyball player Leslie Phillips.

On their way back to Bolivar from Springfield on Dec. 3, the group was traveling in a Jeep Cherokee driven by Tyler Wasmer. About 2 a.m., the vehicle ran off the road and struck a tree, catching on fire.

Wasmer, 20, of Independence, Mo. was listed in serious condition Sunday. Wasmer is a member of the SBU football team. Also injured was Jamie Roszell, 19, of Neosho, Mo. who underwent surgery and was listed in serious condition Sunday.

A Highway Patrol investigation of the crash is underway. Greene County Medical Examiner James Spindler told the Springfield News-Leader that toxicology samples were taken from all five students, although results were not yet available.

Car accidents have claimed the lives of five SBU students this year. Jay Wetzel, 19, and Sara McGaha, 18, died in a multi-car pileup on Jan. 23.

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