Ty Laporte, a 23-year-old student athlete at Ole Miss University, died last night in a car crash near Holly Springs. According to WTVA, Laporte pulled into the path of an oncoming 18-wheeler freightliner. Troopers responded to the crash at the intersection of Highway 7 and U.S. Highway 72 at approximately 8:40 PM.
Ty was a senior majoring in integrated marketing communications. She was also a dual-varsity athlete in both volleyball and track.
Reaction To Ty’s Death
“We are shocked and deeply saddened by Ty’s death,” said Ole Miss Athletics Director Ross Bjork. “Our thoughts and prayers are with her family, her teammates, coaches and our staff during this difficult time. Everyone in the Ole Miss family offers our deepest sympathy to everyone who was touched by Ty’s amazing and infectious spirit.”
”This is another tragic loss for our campus community and especially our student-athletes, their coaches and administration,” said Brandi Hephner LaBanc, vice chancellor for student affairs. “Our thoughts and prayers are with Ty’s family, teammates and friends.”
Additionally, many of Ty’s peers, teammates and friends have voiced their sadness online.
Ty Laporte’s Athletic Accomplishments
On the volleyball court, Laporte finished her career ranked third all-time in block assists with 280. She also ranked third all-time in total blocks with 334. She also ranks fifth all-time in kills with 999. Those are some absolutely monster stats.
In the world of track, Ty ranks ninth in Ole Miss history in the outdoor high jump. Chances are that she would have done much better in the Spring season.
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