Tragic Loss of Pepperdine Students on Pacific Coast Highway: Honoring Their Legacy

The recent tragedy on Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, California, that claimed the lives of four Pepperdine University students has left a profound void in the hearts of their loved ones and the entire Pepperdine community.

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In this article, we remember the bright spirits of Asha Weir, Niamh Rolston, Peyton Stewart, and Deslyn Williams, who brought immense light and joy to their school. Let us delve into the lives and legacies of these young women who embodied the values of Pepperdine University impeccably.

A Heartfelt Tribute to Asha Weir

Asha Weir, an extraordinary young woman, was known for her immense heart, beautiful soul, and unwavering empathy for others. Hailing from Ireland, Asha’s family relocated to the United States in 2012, where she pursued her dreams with utmost dedication. Tragically, Asha’s life was cut short in the accident, leaving her family and friends devastated. She had two loving brothers, Michael and Jamie, whom she cherished deeply. Her recent surprise visit home for Jamie’s birthday was a testament to her loving and caring nature.

Asha’s journey at Pepperdine was a testament to her hard work and dedication. Majoring in English, she was on the cusp of graduating in the spring, with aspirations to work in the U.K. Her devotion to helping others and her radiant spirit left an indelible mark on everyone she met.

Peyton Stewart: A Life of Achievement

Peyton Stewart, a dynamic individual with a passion for world travel and fine dining, was remembered as a “go-getter” by her father, Barry Stewart. Her love for sushi began at an early age, and she had a refined palate that mirrored her adventurous spirit.

Studying business at Pepperdine, Peyton’s determination led her to accomplish remarkable feats, including securing a place at her dream university and landing multiple internships, including a prestigious role at TikTok in Austin, Texas. Her younger sister, Kathleen, shared a close bond with her, making their time together all the more precious.

The Stewart family had the privilege of exploring various countries, from Spain and Greece to France. Peyton also had the opportunity to study in London as part of Pepperdine’s study program. Over the years, Peyton and her father forged a deep connection during their cross-country road trips, creating cherished memories.

The Tragic Accident

The tragic incident occurred on a fateful evening, around 8:30 p.m., on Pacific Coast Highway. A young driver, Fraser Michael Bohm of Malibu, lost control of his sedan, resulting in a devastating collision with three vehicles that claimed the lives of Asha Weir, Niamh Rolston, Peyton Stewart, and Deslyn Williams. The immediate aftermath saw Bohm arrested and accused of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

The Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station is actively investigating the incident, and the families of the victims await answers and justice for their beloved daughters.

Remembering the Legacy

The untimely loss of these four young women has cast a shadow of grief and sadness over the Pepperdine University community. Their memories will forever be cherished, and their impact on the lives they touched will endure. Jim Gash, the president and CEO of Pepperdine, aptly described their contributions, stating that they had brought “joy and light” to the campus and that their passing was “sudden, tragic, and incomprehensible.”

As we honor the memory of Asha Weir, Niamh Rolston, Peyton Stewart, and Deslyn Williams, let us remember the warmth and positivity they shared with the world and the values they represented so impeccably.

In conclusion, the Pepperdine community, alongside the families of these exceptional young women, mourns their loss and celebrates their remarkable lives. May their legacies continue to inspire others to live life to the fullest and embrace the values that defined them.

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