University mourns fallen Rattler

The Famuan is investigating an accident involving Florida A&Mstudents, which led to the death of a “Marching 100” member.

According to University officials, one of the victims, identified as Timbrina Thomas, died Sunday. Thomas,20, was a Miami Gardens, Fla. native and graduate of Miami Norland Senior High. According to her blog,,Thomas, whose nickname was “Timbo,”was a saxophonist studying psychology.

Thomas was in the vehicle with two other students. They were believed to be on their way back to Tallahassee after spring break. One of the passengers is being treated for serious injuries, while the other student sustained minor injuries. Their names are still being confirmed.

The accident took place on the Florida Turnpike in Osceola County and is reportedly the result of a damaged tire that caused the vehicle to overturn and eject Thomas from the car, according to information from the Florida Highway Patrol.

A vigil for Thomas is being held today at 3:35 p.m. in the FAMU band rehearsal hall in Foster Tanner. The vigil is being hosted by the Department of Music and members of the “Marching 100.”

The FAMU counseling services is offering grief counseling to students at the Sunshine Manor. Appointments can be made by calling 850-599-3145.

Stay with the Famuan as we follow this story. A reporter will be on site at today’s vigil.