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FSCC student & rodeo rider dies in severe storms


A series of storms last night that produced tornadoes across parts of the Midwest is blamed for the death of a Four State student.

The victim has been identified as Ryan Rickman, a native of Dewey, Oklahoma.  Rickman was a student at Fort Scott Community College and a member of the college's rodeo team.

Today, the college's arena is empty.  So are hearts.

"It's just a very somber attitude today, especially in my classes," says Agriculture professor Ryan Edgecomb.

Edgecomb didn't even know 21-year-old Rickman, who enrolled at Fort Scott Community College in the Fall of 2011 and had been taking online courses for his Agriculture major.

Though Rickman's face isn't being recognized by everyone at the college, hearts are uniting.

"We probably have about a thousand students on our campus.  I would easily say that 120 to 130 of those are ag oriented students," says Edgecomb.

Police in Jackson County, Michigan say Rickman was driving through severe weather Sunday night when a tree fell over and crushed him to death.

Police in Michigan, where the crash occurred, say Rickman's car was carrying an Oklahoma license plate.  But Rickman himself had a Kansas driver's license.  Officials at Fort Scott Community College say Rickman might've had a girlfriend in Michigan.

Members of the college's rodeo team says it's too early to talk about their loss.

"That rodeo team, they're just so closely knit, from what I see.  They do kind of treat each other like family and keep God very high in their priorities and believe in him and trust in him and understand that he knows what he's doing," says Edgecomb.

Professors say the college's arena will fill up again, but never to capacity.  Ryan Rickman will always be missed.

Watch the associated video to learn about another tragedy that hit the college in recent memory.

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