WENHAM — The Gordon College community is in shock after learning that a freshman was killed in a crash Saturday on Route 44 in the southeastern Massachusetts town of Lakeville.
Monica DeMello, 18, of Middleborough was pronounced dead at the scene after police responded to a two-vehicle accident at 2:09 a.m. Saturday, according to a statement from the Lakeville Police Department. The other driver, also a young Middleborough woman, is expected to be arraigned on motor vehicle homicide charges today.
“This is a tragedy and a shock to all of us, especially on the eve of Easter,” wrote Gordon College President D. Michael Lindsay on the Christian college’s Facebook page. Lindsay said officials will be in touch with students as early as today on “plans by faculty, staff and students to celebrate Monica’s life and to grieve her loss as a community.”
“May the blessed assurance of Monica’s place with our risen Savior be a comfort in these coming days,” Lindsay wrote.
Lindsay asked the Gordon community to pray for DeMello’s family and friends.
The student’s mother and sister live in Middleborough, and her father lives in Florida, Lindsay said. DeMello formerly lived in Taunton and graduated from Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical High. She was a psychology major at Gordon. A Facebook group, “Rest in Peace Monica DeMello,” has drawn more than 900 members. Those posting tributes include family, friends, well-wishers, fellow students, former classmates, acquaintances and those who never knew her. Many expressed their shock and sadness at her untimely death and offered prayers to a young woman active in her church.
“We all love her, and we will all miss her,” reads the introduction to the page, one of two in her memory. “We were blessed by such a beautiful person and the world is a better place by having her. You’ve earned your Angel wings Monica, now fly over us all and protect us.”