- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Two University of New Mexico students who were killed in a car crash last year have received posthumous degrees.

KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reports (https://bit.ly/1GXyg1r) that the family of Briana Hillard and Matthew Grant accepted diplomas for them during a commencement ceremony Saturday.

Family members representing Hillard and Grant walked across the stage when their names were called.

Classmates say it meant a lot to have them both be part of the day.

Hillard and Grant, who were both 21, died Nov. 21 when the driver of a stolen truck collided with the car they were riding in.

The collision also injured two other New Mexico students.

Prosecutors say the driver, Joshua Leal, had methamphetamine in his system. Leal is facing multiple charges, including two counts of homicide.


Information from: KOAT-TV, https://www.thenewmexicochannel.com/index.html

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