Morgan State University is mourning a student following a Thursday night crash in Prince Georges County.
Maryland State Police say that around 10:30pm that night, officers arrived at the scene of a fatal head-on collision that claimed the life of 20-year-old Adedire “Dire” Ososanya.
State troopers at the scene confirmed that both vehicles were driving in opposite directions in the same area before the driver of a Cadillac DeVille lost control and collided with Ososanya’s Nissan Altima.
Ososanya attended Morgan State, the university confirmed.
On Friday, as many students were preparing to listen to commencement speeches and receive their diplomas, others were finding out about the loss of a fellow student.
The university issued the following statement in the wake of the tragedy, “On a day when so many of our students are celebrating their graduation and the start of a new chapter in their lives, we at Morgan State University find ourselves in a state of shock, saddened by the loss of this member of our family.
“Adedire was well liked by his fellow students, who elected him as Mr. Junior (class). He was a marketing major here at Morgan and a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. He had, in fact, completed nearly all of his coursework toward graduation and for his life to be cut short when he was so close to achieving that which he had worked so hard for is heart-wrenching.
“The entire Morgan family sends its condolences to Adedire’s family. His loss will be felt in every corner of this campus,” the statement added.
Ososanya, who was known to many as Dire, was a student leader and highly involved with different campus organisations.
Daniel Olumese met Dire in high school and told ABC2 they have been best friends ever since. Daniel, also a student at MSU, was one of a crowd of about 200 gathered in the academic quad to remember Dire Friday night.
“I’m not going to lie. I don’t really like it. I don’t like it a bit, because this isn’t fair. I see pictures of him with wings on his back and I’m like this isn’t how it’s supposed to be. We had plans. All of us had plans. We were supposed to go places. We were supposed to do things,” Olumese said.
Students took to social media Friday to recount their memories of the young man.