Furman University confirmed on Friday the passing of a student in a tragic incident near her home.
Officials said Reilly Simmons was involved in a collision near her home in Fletcher on Thursday. She was a member of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and had just completed her freshman year at Furman.“The university extends its heartfelt condolences to Reilly’s family and friends in this time of profound loss,” said Furman President Elizabeth Davis. “The entire Furman community is deeply affected at times like this, and we will always remember Reilly and all she brought to our community. May all who knew her find peace and comfort during this difficult time.”The university said those on campus in need of support can contact the Chaplain's Office, Counseling Center and Office of Student Life.
FOX Carolina has reached out to the North Carolina Highway Patrol for more information about the incident.
Several other campus groups that Simmons was a part of posted statements on their Facebook pages.Furman University Kappa Kappa Gamma:
"It is with great sadness that we share that Eta Alpha sister Reilly Simmons has passed away from injuries sustained in a car accident on the night of June 7th. She was a member of the class of 2021 and was initiated into our sisterhood in February 2018. We cannot put into words the heartache we feel for Reilly and her loved ones today - we mourn along with them. Reilly was an exceptional sister, friend, and woman who we were so lucky to know and love. Please keep her family, friends, and sisters in your thoughts and prayers."
Furman University Panhellenic:
"It is with heavy hearts that the Furman community mourns the loss of Reilly Simmons [pictured: left], a rising sophomore and member of Kappa Kappa Gamma. Please keep her friends and family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Reilly’s life touched many members of the Furman community, and she will be missed ??"
Delight Ministries At Furman:
"We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of our leaders, Reilly Simmons. She was such a joy to everyone around her and we’re going to miss her greatly. Please send lots of prayers and love to her friends and family during this difficult time. We love you Reilly??"Copyright 2018 FOX Carolina (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.