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TCU honors 'triple major' who died in weekend wreck

FORT WORTH -- The TCU flag has been lowered to half-staff to honor a student who died Sunday from injuries he received in a motor vehicle wreck on Forest Park Boulevard.

Sri Rama Chandra Murthy Vempati, 21, of India was a senior and a "triple major" studying biochemistry, computer information technology and mathematics, according to an e-mail sent to students and faculty from Don Mills, vice chancellor for student affairs.

Vempati died about 4 p.m. Sunday at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.

The wreck happened at about 5:30 a.m. Saturday on Forest Park Boulevard in west Fort Worth, according to police reports.

Vempati was northbound in a 2000 Toyota four-door when the car went out of control, left the roadway on the northwest side of the street and hit a tree, the reports stated.

Vehicle speed was listed in the reports as the cause of the wreck.

Chancellor Dr. Victor Boschini directed that the flag be lowered to honor Vempati, Mills said.

Also, a service of remembrance was scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Tucker Technology Center.

Grief counseling was available to "members of the TCU community" through the Counseling Center, office of Religious and Spiritual Life and the office of Campus Life, Mills said.

"Our community is strengthened by each person who is a part of it," Mills said. "We are all diminished when a loss like this occurs. Remember that life is precious."

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