Hoover fire victims remembered in vigil

COLUMBUS, MS (WBRC) - A candlelight vigil will be held Wednesday in Mississippi in memory of the four college students who died Saturday night in a fire at a hotel in Hoover.

The Mississippi University for Women, in a statement Tuesday to FOX6 News, said the memorial would be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Pope Banquet Room in honor of Jamelia Brown, Jaslynn McGee, Catherine Ann Muse and Alondan "Angel" Turner.  The four young women died Saturday night after a huge fire occurred at the Days Inn in Hoover.

MUW said the Rev. Tony Montgomery, pastor of Missionary Union Baptist Church, would be the guest speaker for Wednesday's service.

"This is an opportunity for the campus community to come together as one to honor these students," said Phillip Cockrell, director of student life at MUW. "We want to offer our students hope and support during this very difficult time."

The four women were all freshmen at MUW and residents of Kincannon Hall.  Two of the victims, Muse and Turner, were cousins from Cordova.  Their funeral is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Dora High School gymnasium.

MUW was offering counseling to students who needed assistance. Students were encouraged to call the MUW counseling center at (662) 329-7127.