21 years later, pain of Aggie Bonfire collapse remains

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (KTRK) -- Hundreds gathered on the campus of Texas A&M University early Wednesday to remember the 12 people who died when Aggie Bonfire collapsed 21 years ago.

The tradition of Aggie Bonfire burned for more than 90 years, but that all changed on Nov. 18, 1999, when the bonfire structure collapsed, killing 11 students, one former student, and injuring 27 others.

It happened in the middle of the night, at 2:42 a.m.

A ceremony was held Wednesday morning to mark that exact moment. Students were asked to wear masks and maintain their distance at the Bonfire Memorial, which was built on the site of the collapse.

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For 90 years, Aggies gathered together to burn the bonfire. Now, Aggies gather to remember the 12 who died in 1999.

In 1999, fifty-seven Aggies were building the stack of logs that were to be burned when someone heard a crack, and it collapsed.

First responders from across the region responded to the scene. As the sun came up that day, even the Aggie football team showed up to help move logs.

Here is a list of the fallen Aggies:

Miranda Denise Adams
Santa Fe, Texas
Biomedical Science Major

Christopher D. Breen
Austin, Texas

Michael Stephen Ebanks
Carrollton, TX
Aerospace Engineering Major

Jeremy Richard Frampton
Turlock, CA
Psychology Major
Company D-1

Jamie Lynn Hand
Henderson, TX
Environmental Design Major

Christopher Lee Heard
Houston, TX
Pre Engineering Major
Company K-2

Timothy Doran Kerlee, Jr
Bartlett, TN
Mechanical Engineering Major
Squadron 16

Lucas John Kimmel
Corpus Christi, TX
Biomed. Science Major
Company D-2

Bryan A. McClain
San Antonio, TX
Agriculture Major
Squadron 2

Chad A. Powell
Keller, TX
Computer Engineering Major

Jerry Don Self
Arlington, TX
Engineering Technology Major
Squadron 17

Watch:Tom Abrahams, ABC13 reporter, reflects on covering the bonfire stack collapse.

Nathan Scott West
Bellaire, TX
Ocean Engineering Major
Company C-2

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