A 2-year-old child was also killed and 47 people were wounded in the crash. A family member of the 2-year-old boy identified him on social media as Nash Lucas, student newspaper The O’Colly reported. The university’s homecoming is a major celebration, drawing more than 80, 000 alumni, fans and area residents downtown.
“Our hearts are so heavy today,” Stillwater Mayor Gina Noble told USA TODAY on Saturday.
The homecoming game against Kansas was played as scheduled, players bowing their heads in prayer as the American flag fluttered at half staff in Boone Pickens Stadium under orders from Gov. Mary Fallin, an Oklahoma State alumnus who attended the homecoming game. The university’s homecoming is a major celebration, drawing more than 80,000 alumni, fans and area residents downtown. A pep rally before the game was cancelled, said Noble, who was the parade’s grand marshal.
“Our hearts and prayers go out with those who lost loved ones today, to those that were injured in the tragedy,” Fallin said during a halftime press conference Saturday.