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Sterling College students killed in crash to be remembered at sporting events Friday, Saturday

Esther Jenkerson, left, and Xavier Bradford were killed in a vehicle crash Monday morning west of Hutchinson. Both were students at Sterling College.
Esther Jenkerson, left, and Xavier Bradford were killed in a vehicle crash Monday morning west of Hutchinson. Both were students at Sterling College. Courtesy photo

A pair of Sterling College students killed earlier this week while heading to class will be honored during the school’s sporting events Friday and Saturday.

The athletic training staff plans to tie scarves around their equipment packs in honor of 21-year-old Esther Jenkerson during Friday and Saturday’s Warrior Classic basketball tournament games, said Brad Evenson, a spokesman for the college. And members of the football team will affix stickers to their helmets for Saturday’s game against Southwestern College in memory of 25-year-old Xavier Bradford.

Jenkerson was majoring in athletic training and loved to wear scarves, he said.

Bradford, who studied creative writing and editing, was a defensive back on the football team.

Both were juniors.

Their involvement on campus brought energy and we enjoyed them both.

Sterling College President Scott Rich on two students killed in a collision Monday

The women’s basketball team plays at 6 p.m. Friday and 5 p.m. Saturday at Sterling College, 125 W. Cooper Ave. in Sterling. The men play at 8 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday.

The football team plays at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at 100 N. College St. in Winfield.

Jenkerson and Bradford died after the Chevrolet Cruze they were in was struck by a semitrailer truck shortly before 7:30 a.m. Monday on U.S. Highway 50 outside Hutchinson.

Jenkerson, who was driving, had just pulled out from a stop sign posted at the highway and Sego Road when the car was hit on its passenger side. Bradford was the passenger.

Earlier this week, the college held prayer and chapel services for Jenkerson and Bradford. It also had made and gave “Sterling Strong” buttons to each of its 650 students, its faculty and its staff, as well as created an area in its Student Life office for students to leave their memories of the pair, Evenson said.

“Their involvement on campus brought energy and we enjoyed them both,” college president Scott Rich said after their deaths were announced. “We will miss them deeply.”

Amy Renee Leiker: 316-268-6644, @amyreneeleiker

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