Vigil honors student | The East Carolinian:
Sigma Phi Epsilon held a candlelight vigil on Dec. 2 for fellow fraternity brother Edward Blake Tolley who died in a car accident on Friday, Nov. 29.
He died in a car accident Friday in Raleigh, according to President of Sigma Phi Epsilon, Clay Schools.
An article on WRAL stated that the driver of the vehicle, Logan Aronson, was traveling around 90 mph with Tolley in the passenger when he went off the road and hit three trees. Neither Aronson nor Tolley survived the wreck.
Schools said the fraternity is working together to deal with the loss.
“It’s sad, but having each other really helps to deal with that pain,” said Schools.
Tolley was also heavily involved in the fraternity, according to Alex Puente, a brother of Sigma Phi Epsilon and close friend of Tolley’s.
“He was a fraternity man,” said Puente. “He took that seriously and he was involved in a lot of events we had.”
Puente said that Tolley was great person to have around.
“Blake was a really smart guy, full of jokes, a really witty guy,” said Puente. “He could talk to anybody about anything; that was the kind of guy he was.”
Tolley was also a model of school spirit, and he also appreciated vinyl records.
“He wore more purple than anyone ever did at any football game,” said Puente. “He had a record player and had almost 100 records.”
He was home visiting his family for Thanksgiving break when the crash occurred.
“He was a real family man he was always going home to see his family,” Puente said.
Tolley was a construction management major at ECU and was planning on working at a construction firm he interned for in Washington D.C. last summer.
“He had a whole career set out for him,” said Puente. “He knew what he was doing.”
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By Ryan Clancy
December 3, 2013.
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