Vigil held at UCF for fraternity brothers killed in Tampa crash



ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. - Dozens of people gathered on the University of Central Florida campus Sunday evening for a vigil to remember four fraternity brothers who were killed in a fiery crash in Tampa.

More than 100 people attended the vigil, which was held at 6 p.m. at UCF's Reflection Pond.

"With all the support we've been receiving, it's been nothing but a blessing," Ghan Ilias said at the vigil.

Ghan Ilias' brother, Jim, is one of the four University of South Florida students who died in the crash on I-275. The men are also members of the Sigma Beta Rho fraternity.

"My brother, a fun person, had a beautiful smile, always a positive attitude, a hard worker," Ghan Ilias said.

The other victims, 21-year-old Jobin Kuriakose, 22-year-old Ankeet Patel and 21-year-old Dammie Yesudhas, are from central Florida and have ties to the area. Investigators said a wrong-way driver, identified as Daniel Morris, slammed head-on into Kuriakose's vehicle shortly after 2 a.m. on Feb. 9. Morris was also killed in the crash.

At the vigil, organizers used candles to spell out the fraternity's Greek letters.

"This call was probably one of the hardest to receive, losing four," Sigma Beta Rho national president Mohsin Hussain said. "I had the priviledge of knowing some of them."

Members of UCF's Greek community organized the vigil to show support and honor the victims.

"It's really painful to see them go young, all of them 21, with their lives a head of them," Hussain said.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers said the crash remains under investigation.