Plane crash claims the life of a FAMU law student

A Florida A&M University College of Law student was killed Tuesday afternoon when a small plane crashed into her neighbors home.

24-year-old Janise Joseph Woodard was in her Sanford home at the time of the crash.

Police say a Cessna 310 was attempting to make an emergency landing when it crashed into Woodards neighborhood and exploded. The fire quickly spread to Woodard’s home, claiming her life, and the life of her six month old son.

Woodard was a student in the College of Law’s Part-Time Evening Program. When her class met at 6:30 Tuesday evening, administrators were there to break the news to her classmates.

Interim Law School Dean Ruth A. Witherspoon cancelled formal classes, and instead invited students to use the time to reflect on what Woodard meant to all of them.

As of Tuesday evening, at least five people, including Woodard and her son died in the crash, and three others were critically injured.

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