UPDATE (Monday 12:00 p.m.)-- Memorial services are set for 18-year-old Riley Gortsema, who was hit and killed by a bus.
According to Hope College's website,visitation services will take place May 28 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Matthysse-Kuiper-DeGraaf Funeral Home in Grandville. Amemorial service for Gortsema will take place Wednesday, May 29 at 1 p.m. inside Dimnent Memorial Chapel on Hope College's campus.
HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) -- A Hope College student was hit and killed by a bus near campus early Saturday morning.
The incident happened near Chicago Drive and U.S. 31, where 18-year-old Riley Gortsema was walking.
Riley had just finished her first year at Hope College, and was going to live on campus through the summer to take extra classes and spend time with her friends.
"Everyone knew Riley," said her friend Erika Hansen, who was with Riley a few hours before the accident. She doesn't know why she was walking by the freeway on-ramps. "It's just sad that this had to happen to her...she just radiated energy and was so full of life."
Riley, a graduate of Calvin Christian High in Grandville, un-expectedly lost her older brother when she was in high school. "So, she's one happy girl with him right now," said Hansen, and it's because she was so open about her struggles, not taking life for granted, that Riley quickly made friends by the dozens at Hope.
Now Riley leaves lessons for life with the students who knew her so briefly. "She will be missed dearly. No one will forget her," said Hansen.
Hope College staff sent out an email to students offering counseling.