UNM students killed in crash to receive degrees


ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The University of New Mexico board of regents has approved posthumous degrees for Briana Hillard and Matthew Grant. The two were killed last November when police say Joshua Leal was speeding in a stolen truck and hit them near Rio Grande and I-40.

Leal and his passenger 16-year-old Miguel Hernandez then fled the scene and were caught a short time later. Two other UNM students were hurt in the crash. The dean of students says it’s extremely rare to award posthumous degrees but they feel Hillard and Grant met all the criteria. The families will receive the degrees at spring commencement.

The colleges Hillard and Grant were in are also planning to recognize them at graduation. Hillard was in the Anderson School of Business and Grant was a sociology major.

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