Bulletin Staff Report

The Howard Payne University community is mourning the weekend death of freshman Candace Beggs, who was killed in an automobile accident Sunday on her way back to campus from her home in Teague.

A candlelight vigil was held at 9 p.m. Monday at the Old Main Tower on the HPU campus.

Beggs was majoring in cross-cultural studies, with a minor in English, university officials said.

“All of our hearts are hurting right now as we mourn the loss of Candace,” said Dr. Brad Johnson, vice president for enrollment and student services. “As the HPU campus comes together to support each other, our thoughts and prayers remain with the Beggs family.”

The accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. Sunday about six miles west of Mexia on U.S. Highway 84, according to information obtained by HPU President Dr. Lanny Hall, who spoke to the investigating trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety. For some reason, the trooper told Hall, Beggs’ vehicle crossed into the opposite lane and her vehicle was struck by oncoming traffic on the passenger side. She suffered severe burns, and her body was taken to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s office.

Her father, the Rev. Darrel Beggs, is an HPU alumnus, as is her sister, Charis. Additional family members include her mother, Denise, and brother, Jeremy.

Her funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday at First Baptist Church in Teague, with burial at Chalk Mountain Cemetery in Glen Rose. Bowers Funeral Home in Teague is in charge of arrangements.