Flags at Half Staff in Memory of Aubree Butts and Devin Oliver

Jun 09, 2014 10 Comments by
Flags at Half Staff in Memory of Aubree Butts and Devin Oliver

Monday, June 9, 2014 at 3:00 P.M.

According to a statement released by Lion Athletics, summer youth and teen basketball camps have been cancelled due the last week’s tragic circumstances. Read more at LionAthletics.com

Thursday, June 5, 2014 at 11:00 A.M.

Both Zenobia Winbush and La’Tisha Hearne are at their respective homes with their families, coping with the situation as best they can.  They are both still shocked and shaken over the events but are adjusting with the help of their loved ones.

Aubree Butts’ funeral will be held Saturday, June 7 at noon. There will be a viewing prior to the service, beginning at 11:00 A.M. at Westside Baptist Church at 900 Bellaire Blvd. in Lewisville, Texas.

Devin Oliver’s services will begin with a wake on Friday June 13, from 6-8:00 P.M.  at Mount Hebron Baptist Church in Garland, Texas.  The funeral service will be held Saturday, June 14, at 11:00 A.M. in the same location.

A&M-Commerce has established the Devin Oliver and Aubree Butts Memorial Fund. Please make donations payable to Lion Athletic Club with “Devin Oliver and Aubree Butts Memorial Fund” in the memo line. Donations will go toward a space in the new Academic Enhancement Center to be named in their honor. For more information, contact Lion Athletics Associate Director of Development, Taylor Fore at 903.468.8194 or via email at Taylor.Fore@tamuc.edu.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 10:30 P.M.

A&M-Commerce students, faculty, staff, administratoris, alumni, friends and community members gathered in honor of Devin Oliver and Aubree Butts and in support of Zenobia Winbush and La’Tisha Hearne at 9:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 4, 2014. Read more about the vigil HERE.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 9:00 A.M.

In the late afternoon of Tuesday, June 3, four members of the Texas A&M University-Commerce Lion women’s basketball team were involved in a tragic two-car accident on Loop 286 in Paris. The women were en route to Paris High School to watch a summer league basketball game. Two of the women, Aubree Butts of Lewisville and Devin Oliver of Rowlett, passed away while La’Tisha Hearne of Richardson and Zenobia Winbush of Schertz, Texas were first in critical condition and have since been released from the hospital.

“This is an unspeakable tragedy and a loss that is felt by the entire university community, made more grievous by the dreams that will not be fulfilled. Our prayers go out to the loved ones of those we have lost,” said A&M-Commerce President Dan R. Jones.

All four of the students are high profile leaders on campus and serve in student organization and leadership roles outside of their athletic activities and are highly regalionstrong-FBrded.

“We continue to mourn the loss of two wonderful individuals,” said A&M-Commerce Athletic Director Ryan Ivey. “Accidents like this are never easy for anyone involved, and we continue to pray and console everyone who has been touched by these wonderful people.  The outpouring of love and support from colleagues and athletic departments from around the country is nothing short of amazing.  We continue to ask for everyone’s thoughts and prayers during this time of need.”

The entire A&M-Commerce Lion family sends heartfelt condolences to the families, friends, teammates and coaches of these young women. Our greatest thoughts of healing go to our student-athletes who were injured and face a tough road ahead.

In response to this accident, the Counseling Center is available to walk-in students, as well as faculty and staff, who would like to speak with a counselor. The Rayburn Student Center is also open for groups of students, organizations and others who may wish to meet and hold vigil.

A student-led candlelight vigil will take place at 9:00 P.M. on Wednesday, June 4 in Rachel’s Garden on the A&M-Commerce campus. It is located directly across the street from the Field House. View a campus map here: http://bit.ly/1tIcuIA

As our Lion family works through these difficult days, we will update you on any further developments or activities.

For media inquiries, please contact Lion Athletics Director of Media Relations Ben Rikard at (903) 886-5131 or via email at ben.rikard@tamuc.edu.

For gestures of support and donations, please contact Lion Athletics Associate Director of Development, Taylor Fore at 903.468.8194 or via email at Taylor.Fore@tamuc.edu

Read more at LionAthletics.com.

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10 Responses to “Flags at Half Staff in Memory of Aubree Butts and Devin Oliver”

  1. L. Love says:

    Praying for the ladies released from the hospital, the families of each lady involved as well as the entire A&M-Commerce family. -L.Love

  2. E White-Lewis says:

    My heart aches for the families and love ones of such precious lives lost so early. Continued thoughts and prayers for the young women who were injured. May God in his infinite wisdom bring comfort to all.

  3. Kamila Jackson says:

    Praying for all involved. God cover these precious ladies…Amen

  4. Azalea Walton says:

    My heart goes out to the families of these two young ladies. This is a tragedy, but I know that the ladies are in heaven with our heavenly father. They were two remarkable and wonderful young ladies. I knew Aubree personally as one of the most friendliest, smart, and cool classmates I have had at A&M-Commerce. I will miss her dearly. My sincere condolences to both families. You are in our prayers.

  5. Vakita Mitchell says:

    Prayers for all those involved and especially for the families that lost loved ones.

  6. Lea Anne DeVega says:

    Prayers for all involved…for those of us who cannot attend the candlelight vigil tonight, please light a candle and say a prayer wherever you are. These beautiful young ladies are forever LIONS.

  7. William Read says:

    The Read Family:
    We are so saddened by this terrible tragedy. All of the families and the Butts’ – who we were lucky to cross paths with and get to know – are in our thoughts today and will be always.

  8. Maricia Johns says:

    Prayers for all.

  9. Bethany says:

    Sending love and prayers from Virginia. My heart is there with y’all.

  10. Sharonda Smith says:

    Praying for both families at this time!!
    TAMU-Commerce Alumni 06′

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Andi Miller-Dunn is the A&M-Commerce Director of Public Relations. She has over nine years experience in public relations, writing, and social media, as well as instruction and administrative positions in higher education.