MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — A memorial bell-ringing ceremony Friday on the WVU campus will honor the memory of former students Delaney Wykle and Makenzie Deditch.


Delaney Wykle

“Delaney was lost in the helicopter accident that happened in the Bahamas and Makenzie was a victim of a car accident,” WVU Senior Associate Dean of Students & Student Advocate Kim Mosby said.

Wykle, who graduated with a nursing degree in May, was a passenger aboard a helicopter with her childhood friend Kameron Cline, daughter of coal billionaire Chris Cline. Cline, Kameron, David Jude, Jillian Clark, Brittney Searson and Geoffrey Painter were also killed in the July 4 crash off the coast of Cline’s Big Grand Cay Island in the Bahamas.

The crash remains under investigation.

The bell ceremony begins at noon Friday on Oglebay Plaza. Attendees are asked to arrive at least 15 minutes before the ceremony starts.

“The bell tolls on Woodburn Hall precisely at noon, we ring our bell after the Woodburn bell rings. Then, I’ll make some remarks on behalf of the university and we open it up so anyone else can come up and share some memories,” Mosby said.

The community is welcome to attend.