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2 Northeastern Illinois University students killed in Texas en route to fraternity leadership conference

Updated: February 20, 2014 6:58AM

Two Northeastern Illinois University students were killed in a car wreck Friday in the Texas panhandle while traveling to a leadership conference in Arizona for their fraternity.

Victor Maldonado, 18, of Chicago, and David Roman, 23, of Mundelein, died when the car in which they were riding veered into oncoming traffic and hit an 18-wheeler, according to police.

Northeastern Illinois spokeswoman Beth Campus said they were members of the Omega Delta Phi fraternity.

Denny Esquivel, a founder of the Northeatern Illinois University chapter of Omega Delta Phi, said Maldonado and Roman were travelling to a leadership conference for the fraternity in Tucson, Ariz., when the crash occurred.

Suffering minor injuries in the crash were David Rubio, 19, of Berwyn, Kyle Thomas, 21, and Seth Amofa, 19, both of Chicago. All were travelling with Maldonado and Roman to the conference and were also NEIU students and Omega Delta Phi members, according to Esquivel.

Two people who were in the truck were treated at a hospital and released.

Contributing: AP, Sun-Times Media Wire

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