Funerals have been held for Southern University’s ‘Human Jukebox Marching Band’ members killed in a car accident while traveling to North Texas.
The three men were on their way home from Baton Rouge, Louisiana when the accident occurred.
On December 6, Tyran Williams, 19, Broderick Moore, 19, and Dylan Young, 21, stopped near the city of Natchitoches to fix a flat tire. While changing the tire on I-49 North, an 18-wheeler veered out of the right lane and struck the three men, who were pronounced dead at the scene.
Young and Moore were from Cedar Hill, and Williams was from Irving, WFAA reported. The three were well-known band community.
Cedar Hill ISD released a statement concerning their two graduates’ passing, expressing sadness at the loss of 19-year-old Brody Moore and 21-year-old Dylan Young.
“These two men were respected and talented members of our Red Army Band and are sorely missed. Cedar Hill is a small-knit community and when one of us is suffering, we all feel it. We ask that you continue to pray for the families involved and for so many of our scholars who are grieving during this time.”
Moore’s funeral was held last Tuesday, exactly a week after the accident, at Grace Place Church in Duncanville.
Williams’ funeral was held last Thursday at the Potter’s House. Young’s funeral was held on Friday at Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship.
The students were traveling home for Christmas break. Tarrant County Judge and Southern Alumnus Kenneth Sanders said he had just spoken to Moore days before the accident.
Sanders told NBC DFW, “I had just talked to him earlier this week and he was excited to come home and tell me all about his first semester at Southern.”
Louisiana State Troopers identified the driver of the 18-wheeler as 62-year-old Clyde Gray, who was not injured. Toxicology reports are pending.
Southern University released a statement saying, “The Southern University System is deeply saddened by the loss of three of our most promising, humble and talented students and members of the Southern University Human Jukebox Marching Band from Dallas, Texas. The dedication and work ethic they displayed to the Human Jukebox and their academic journey was quite inspiring.”
Southern University has set up a memorial fund to honor the lives of the three students and to help support the family and fund funeral arrangements.