COLLEGE STATION, Texas (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — More than 1,000 people attended a memorial Monday to honor the 12 people who died when a tower of logs collapsed at Texas A&M University 20 years ago.
Students and others were building a 60-foot tower with thousands of logs when the pile fell at 2:42 a.m. on Nov. 18, 1999, on the eve of the then-annual football game between the Aggies and the Texas Longhorns.
Eleven university students and one former student died on Nov. 18, 1999, when a 40-foot bonfire structure holding about 5,000 logs collapsed. Twenty-seven other students were injured.
Janice Kerlee, the mother of a student who died, said those who died were “extraordinary young people” known for their smiles and love for people.
Texas A&M President Michael K. Young says he hopes Monday’s ceremony brings solace to the loved ones of those who died.
He was the last survivor pulled from the rubble and is featured in a documentary about the tragedy.
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