3/22/04

Kyes Stevens, 334/844-4253

AU ARCHITECTURE STUDENT DIES IN CAR ACCIDENT

AUBURN -- Shelly Martin, a second-year Auburn University architecture student from Trussville, Ala., was killed in a traffic accident Sunday in Marion, Ala.

Martin, who was studying at the Rural Studio, was driving to meet friends for a picnic, when she was involved in a two-vehicle accident on Alabama 5 around 1:25 p.m., according to Marion Police Chief Tony Bufford.

She was an active member of Phi Mu sorority.

Martin's survivors include her parents Ralph and Leslie Martin of Oxford; her brother Todd Martin and his wife, Brooke, of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and her brother Joel, who is a senior in education at Auburn.

Visitation for Martin will be Tuesday from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Jefferson Memorial Gardens in Trussville. Funeral services will be at the same location on Wednesday at 2 p.m.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Jessie's Place, a Birmingham shelter for women and children, where Martin volunteered. For more information on how to make a donation, call Jessie's Place at 205/323-0170.

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