UNM awards degrees to students killed in crash


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Two University of New Mexico students killed in a car crash were honored this weekend. The families of Briana Hillard and Matthew Grant accepted posthumous degrees for them during a commencement ceremony Saturday.

Hillard and Grant were killed in November when they were hit by a stolen truck near Rio Grande and I-40.

Police say Joshua Leal and his passenger 16-year-old Miguel Hernandez fled the scene and were caught a short time later.

Two other UNM students were hurt in the crash.

The driver, Leal, is facing homicide charges.

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