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EWU Memorial For Two Students Killed In Crash Feb. 21st

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Students, family, and friends gathered Monday at Eastern Washington University to celebrate the lives of 21-year-olds Nancy Zepeda and Ashley Gonzales. Students, family, and friends gathered Monday at Eastern Washington University to celebrate the lives of 21-year-olds Nancy Zepeda and Ashley Gonzales.
CHENEY, Wash. -

Students, family, and friends gathered Monday at Eastern Washington University to celebrate the lives of 21-year-olds Nancy Zepeda and Ashley Gonzales. Both women were remembered as great students and great friends, determined to help and motivate others.

Both Nancy Zepeda and Ashley Gonzales were heavily involved in school activities at Eastern. Ashley was a member of the rugby team and someone who is remembered for her contagious laugh and determination.

“They have lot of similar qualities, she [Ashley] was always smiling, always working hard,” said Nancy Oropeza, a friend of Ashley’s and a sorority sister of Nancy’s.

A fellow team member said Ashley was the type of person who motivated others to do better than they thought they could.

At Monday's memorial service, friends and sorority sisters took turns sharing memories of each of the women. Nancy Zepeda was the founding member of the Alpha Pi Sigma Sorority on campus. Now that she is gone, they plan to keep her legacy alive.

“She wanted this so bad, we are going to keep legacy alive and do everything in our power to make it continue growing because we’re a new sorority,” Oropeza said. “We want to do everything we can to keep it alive and keep Nancy’s memory alive as well.”

Along with her commitment to the sorority, one thing everyone seems to remember most was Nancy's smile.

“Her smile would light up your day no matter what you were going through,” said Walter Villagrana, Nancy’s boyfriend.

“She was my younger sister, but to a point she was my hero,” said Nancy’s older brother Franciseo Zepeda. “She did things I never thought of doing and she inspired me all my life. She's something I'll never forget no matter where she's at.”

Although both women are gone, they will forever be in the hearts of those who knew them and it is clear their impact on the students at Eastern will not soon be forgotten.

“I'm overwhelmed by the support that the university, students, and staff has showed,” Villagrana said. “Goes to show how loved Nancy was and Ashley also.”

At the service, Nancy’s sorority sisters said, "She was the glue that held our group together. We were the worriers. She was the warrior." They remember her as being fearless.

Friends of Ashley's said, “She was the one who taught them to be strong, to be brave, to be beautiful.”

It is clear these two women had a huge impact and will be missed greatly.

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