Three Boston University students killed in New Zealand (UPDATED)

Students held a vigil at BU Saturday night to remember their fellow students who were killed and injured while studying abroad in New Zealand.

Three Boston University students studying abroad in New Zealand were killed when the van they were riding in crashed.

Five other students were also hurt in the crash that took place about 7:30 a.m. Saturday New Zealand time, according to BU Today.

The identities of those involved in the crash were released Saturday by New Zealand officials. Daniela Lekhno, Roch Jauberty and Austin Brashears were killed in the crash, according to BU Today. Stephen Houseman, Alys McAlpine, Emily Melton and Kathy Moldawer were injured. Margaret Theriault was taken by helicopter to a hospital. She is enrolled in the study abroad program in Sydney, Australia.

“This is a horrible tragedy,” BU President Robert Brown said in a statement posted on the university’s news website. “Our prayers go out the students and their families. We will do all we can to provide comfort and assistance to those who have been injured, and to the families and friends of the victims. The University is mobilizing all of our resources to help our students and families deal with this tragedy.”

The crash occurred when the van drifted off the roadway on to gravel and then rolled as it came back on the road, according to The New Zealand Herald.

Some of the people inside the van were thrown from it during the crash.

The van was traveling behind another van as part of a convoy for the trip.

BU’s study abroad program in New Zealand takes place in Auckland and is offered in both the fall and spring semesters.

Counseling is being made available to students in the program in New Zealand as well as here in Boston at the university.


Train selfie star who got kicked in the…

  A 22-year-old Canadian man who posted a video of himself getting kicked in the head by a train conductor is set to cash in…


Call of Duty hoaxer blamed for $100K SWAT…

A heavilly-armed SWAT team and an army of police officers stormed a Long Island home fearing a grisly double homicide – only to find it…


Minnie Driver tweets naked celebrity snap to 'shut…

Actress Minnie Driver has responded to bitchy critics who sniped about her bikini body by Tweeting a naked picture of herself. The 44-year-old star of…


American middle classes no longer world's richest (guess…

America's middle classes are no longer the richest in the world – having been overtaken in the wealth stakes by their Canadian counterparts. For almost…

The Word

Lupita Nyong'o is People's Most Beautiful

Congratulations to Lupita Nyong'o, officially the most beautiful human on the face of planet Earth (2014 season).


John Turturro tags in for Robert De Niro…

The cast of the courtroom drama miniseries has undergone yet another shift. Following Robert De Niro's exit, the cable network has brought in John Turturro…


"The Shape She Makes", an "extraordinary treat" at…

“The Shape She Makes” is a fascinating melding of theater and dance in a narrative that exposes human vulnerability in its purest form. Initially, the…


TV watch list, Tuesday, April 22: 'Glee,' 'Agents…

'Glee' Rachel makes her Broadway debut in "Funny Girl." Remember when she was just a high school drama nerd? FOX, 8PM 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.'…


MLB video highlights: Yankees rout Red Sox, 9-3

Jon Lester allows eight runs in 4 2/3 innings taking loss


MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers,…

MLB Power Rankings: Brewers best in baseball, Dodgers, Cardinals, Yankees surge. The A's, Braves, Rangers, Giants and Rockies are also in the top 10.


American runners stand tallest in 2014 Boston Marathon

American runners stand tallest in 2014 Boston Marathon


2014 Boston Marathon results: American Meb Keflezighi wins…

2014 Boston Marathon results: American Meb Keflezighi wins men's race


Why you need a facial

What can a facial do for your face that a washcloth and soap can’t?


How to burn off all that Easter candy

Sorry to be a buzzkill, but you can't eat chocolate eggs and Jelly Bellys forever.


Powdered alcohol: 5 things to know about 'Palcohol'

What's the deal with powdered alcohol? Here's what you need to know about Palcohol.


Travel hacks: 6 tips on living out of…

Lynne Martin shares her travel hacks on living out of just two suitcases.