Two Morehouse College students died in a car accident in Atlanta, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Georgia State Patrol reported the fatal accident on Monday at 5 p.m. in East Point, Atlanta. The 20-year-old students were Christion Files Jr. and Hugh Douglas Jr.
Douglas and Files allegedly drove at a high speed and ran off the road, hitting two utility poles and overturning. Both of the roommates were pronounced dead on the scene.
Files was a business major, co-captain of the Morehouse track and field team, and a member of the Junior Council as media chair, graduating class of 2025.
Douglas was a business major with a concentration in finance; he was a member of the Morehouse Business Association, an AltFinance Fellow, and a Goldman Sachs Fellow. The young man was described by his school as “an exceptional student who displayed immense dedication and promise.”
On Tuesday, Hugh Douglas Sr. mourned his son on social media with several pictures of the two together and some of his son in college.
“You were already a better man than me,” he tweeted. “I appreciate each and every one of your well wishes. And I apologize if I don’t get back to each and every one of you right now, but I am a bit overwhelmed. But know that I appreciate all the love.”
Morehouse is also profoundly affected by the loss and shared its love and support on Facebook with a post for the students. The college released a public statement announcing the death of the two students on Tuesday.
“During these difficult times, we must come together as a community to remember and celebrate the lives of Hugh and Christion. They leave a legacy of excellence, passion and dedication that will continue to inspire us all. We extend our deepest condolences to the families and friends of Hugh and Christion,” the statement read. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them during this incredibly challenging time. Morehouse, let us carry both Hugh and Christion’s torches and ensure their lights continue to shine through how we choose to live out our lives.
“Hugh and Christion were not just friends but also roommates during their sophomore year, and their loss is deeply felt by all of us in the Morehouse family,” Kevin Booker, Vice President for Student Services and Dean of the college said in a statement.