Ferris State University student Tierra Shaques Gainey, 19, died in a car crash on U.S. 131 May 19. The crash occurred at about 7:30 p.m. near exit 59. Gainey, along with two other female passengers, were headed southbound on U.S. 131 when Gainey lost control of the vehicle, striking the guardwires and overturning. Gainey died of her injuries at Borgess Medical Center in Kalamazoo. Both the two passengers were treated at a Grand Rapids-area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. All were FSU students. The accident remains under investigation. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
“The Ferris State University community is deeply saddened by the death of Tierra Gainey. She was well-liked and this tragic loss has profoundly impacted the faculty, staff and students who came to know her through her on-campus involvement,” said Leah Nixon, Ferris interim director of Marketing Client Services.
Since her death, Gainey’s Facebook page has received large support from Ferris students sending their condolences.
“I was completely shocked when I heard about her passing,” said close friend and FSU alumni Tobi Olorunsola. “The Ferris Family truly lost an angel.”
A candle light vigil was held for Gainey at the FSU clock tower located near the quad. Ferris State’s Counseling Center has made its services available to students, faculty and staff. For more information, call ext. 5968.