Cristo Rey mourns graduates killed in 1-94 crash

| September 27, 2017 | 2 Comments

Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in Minneapolis is mourning the deaths of 2017 graduates Diana Rojas-Martinez and Chris Buñay, who were killed in a car accident on Interstate 94 Sept. 26.

A statement from the school called the graduates “bright lights in our community.”

“They were fierce friends, hard-working students and driven to succeed in all parts of their lives. They will be dearly missed by the entire Cristo Rey Jesuit family. Our hearts go out to the Rojas-Martinez and Buñay families and we hold them in our hearts and prayers during this difficult time,” the school said.

The school has made counselors available to offer emotional support to the school’s students, alumni, families and friends.

According to news reports, Rojas-Martinez, 18, was driving with passenger Buñay, 19, eastbound on I-94 when they were hit by a wrong-way driver, Quoc Thanh Tran, 26, of Brooklyn Center, who was traveling westbound in their eastbound lane. The accident occurred at 1:30 a.m. near Lowry Avenue.

Rojas-Martinez and Buñay died at the scene. Tran was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. Authorities believe that Tran may have been under the influence of alcohol.

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