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Faith, love of golf linked U. of the Southwest crash victims

NewsWest 9 KWES-TV via AP

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — Family and friends say they are heartbroken and devastated after six students and a coach from a small New Mexico university were killed in a fiery crash while returning home from a golf tournament in Texas. The victims included Tyler James, who had just landed what friends said was a dream job leading the golf teams at the University of the Southwest in Hobbs. Four of the players were in their first year of college and two others were juniors. The students killed were from Texas, Colorado, Mexico and Portugal. All were part of a close-knit university community where their faith played a central role. Two students from Canada were hospitalized in critical condition.