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Briana Hillard Story

Pi Beta Phi Mourns the Loss of a New Mexico Alpha Member

Published On: 2014-11-24

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Eily Cummings
Pi Beta Phi Fraternity
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Pi Beta Phi Mourns the Loss of a University of New Mexico Member  

ST. LOUIS, MO – November 24, 2014 – It is with great sadness Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women announces the death of collegiate member Briana Hillard. Briana was a senior, studying business. She died in a tragic car accident that claimed the life of another University of New Mexico student and injured two others on Friday, November 21. One of those injured, and in serious condition, is Pi Beta Phi member Julia Thompson

“Briana was a bright shining light in our chapter,” Chapter President Katie Lichtie said. “She will truly be missed.” 

Chapter members leaned on each other and remembered Briana through sharing memories, songs and a balloon release on Saturday evening. “Briana embraced each day with happiness, laughter and hope,” chapter member Kiara Garley said. “She was such an amazing woman and an inspiration to all of us.”

Briana HillardThere will be a closed memorial service on Tuesday for Pi Beta Phi members and family. The University will have a another private service for the campus community on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Student Union Building (SUB). 

“We honor Briana and the Pi Beta Phi sisterhood she so deeply cherished,” said Grand President Paula Shepherd. “During this difficult time, we share comfort in celebrating Briana’s life and the sincere friendship of the women of New Mexico Alpha.”

Letters of condolences can be sent to: The New Mexico Alpha Chapter of Pi Beta Phi 1701 Mesa Vista Rd. NE Albuquerque, New Mexico 87106–3810.

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 201 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae organizations worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Twitter and Facebook.