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TONKAWA, Okla. (WLS) — A 19-year-old man from suburban Grayslake is among three University of Oklahoma students killed while returning home from storm chasing.

Gavin Short was a passenger in a Volkswagen Tiguan that crashed on Interstate 35 near Tonkawa, Oklahoma late Friday night, according to highway patrol.

The vehicle was being driven by Nicholas Nair, 20, of Denton, Texas. The other passenger is identified as Drake Brooks, 22, of Evansville, Indiana, police said.

The students were returning home from storm chasing in Kansas when their car hydroplaned and was struck by a semi truck, officials said.

RELATED: Powerful tornado levels dozens of buildings in Kansas; storm system moves toward Chicago

All three were meteorology students at the university, which released the following statement on Saturday:

The university is devastated to learn of the tragic passing of three students. Each were valued and loved members of our community. At this time, we ask the public to respect the privacy of their families.

University of Oklahoma President Joseph Harroz, Jr. released a statement on Twitter Sunday.

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Source: ABC7

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