UGA, Alpharetta High classmates honor students killed in crash

From left, Sriya Avasarala, Anvi Sharma and Aryan Joshi were all killed in the crash in Alpharetta.

Credit: Instagram, family photos

Credit: Instagram, family photos

From left, Sriya Avasarala, Anvi Sharma and Aryan Joshi were all killed in the crash in Alpharetta.

Three 18-year-old students killed in a Alpharetta car crash are being remembered for their contributions to two University of Georgia performing groups and a high school cricket team.

UGA students Sriya Avasarala and Anvi Sharma and Alpharetta High senior Aryan Joshi were passengers in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday night, according to Alpharetta police. Two other 18-year-olds were injured, including the driver of the Honda Accord.

Avasarala was a member of the UGA Shikaari dance team, and Sharma sang with UGA Kalakaar, an a capella group, the organizations said in Instagram posts.

“You were such an amazing dancer, friend and just person to be around,” the Shikaari group posted to honor Avasarala. “Your dancing would always be able to put a smile on someone’s face, your sweet, sweet personality can never be matched, and your loving heart will always be remembered.”

The Kalakaar group said Sharma’s death was shocking and devastating, but she leaves a lasting impression on her classmates.

“Anvi’s kindness, enthusiasm and zest for life made her an irreplaceable part of our community,” the singing group posted online. “She had an uncanny ability to light up any room she entered, leaving a lasting impression on everyone she met. We will cherish the countless moments and memories shared with her. Her beautiful voice and the memories we have with her will forever be in the hearts of our members.”

Investigators believe speed may have been a factor in the deadly crash.

Joshi was set to graduate from high school next week. The Alpharetta High cricket team honored him in an Instagram post, saying he was caring and kind.

“He was one of our biggest supporters and his support was one of the most crucial factor in all our wins,” the team posted. “You will be missed, Aryan. Our condolences go out to Aryan Joshi’s family and the other victims of the crash, Sriya Avasarala and Anvi Sharma.”

The funeral for Joshi was held Friday afternoon in Cumming.

The deaths of the two UGA students were the latest tragedies affecting the university community.

On Feb. 22, nursing student Laken Riley was killed on campus while on a run, according to police. The man accused of killing her, Jose Ibarra, 26, remains in the Clarke County jail without bond. He is charged with three counts of felony murder and single counts of malice murder, kidnapping with bodily injury, aggravated assault with intent to rape, aggravated battery, hindering a 911 call and tampering with evidence in Riley’s death.

That killing came a day after a male student died on campus, though foul play was not suspected in his death.

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