13061974_10154091190771904_535134850047802453_nMETAIRIE, La.– A recent Dillard University graduate was killed Wednesday night in a fatal car crash involving a dump truck and a hearse on Airline Highway in Metairie, La.

Melrita Dillard-Spencer was a recent Dillard graduate in the class of 2015 and the former Student Government Association Chaplain (2014-2015). Dillard-Spencer was also a member of the VisionQuest Chorale and Dillard University Concert Choir. She was an organist at New Macedonia Baptist Church in Metairie.

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According to an article on Nola.com, Dillard-Spencer was a passenger in the hearse. The driver, whose name and condition has not yet been released, was taken to Ochsner Medical Center.

1508514_1768283846734221_7944198327028456070_nThe driver’s sister Rosemary Wordlaw said the three of them were at Bible study when her brother received a call to pick up a body.

University President Dr. Walter Kimbrough sent an email Thursday morning to all faculty and staff informing them on Spencer-Dillard’s passing. University Chaplain Reverend Earnest Salsberry and the student body of Dillard University held a moment of prayer and reflection in Lawless Memorial Chapel at 12 noon.

“I am thankful though that we began contacting each other within an hour of the accident, as I heard from staff members and members of her graduating class,” said Kimbrough.

Tevon Blair, a sophomore majoring in mass communication from Chicago, wrote, “You were our Dillard Angel and a true spirit of God. Your Dillard family loves you and you will forever be in our hearts.”

Dillard-Spencer’s social media continues to flood with condolences and prayers from friends, family and peers.