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Fund created to send MTSU grad home to Ghana

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Philip Akoto, 33, was killed after his car was struck by a semi on Dec. 14.  Photo courtesy of Facebook.com Philip Akoto, 33, was killed after his car was struck by a semi on Dec. 14. Photo courtesy of Facebook.com
MURFREESBORO, Tenn. -

After a recent graduate of Middle Tennessee State University was killed in a car crash, a fund was set up to help send his body home to Ghana.

The Murfreesboro Post reports 33-year-old Philip Akoto, a native of Kumani, Ghana, was killed after his vehicle collided with a semi-truck on December 14 at the intersection of Joe B. Jackson Parkway and Elam Road in Murfreesboro.

He was on his way to work at the Amazon Fulfillment Center.

Akoto, a mathematical sciences major who received his degree last May, is survived by a sister who lives in Ghana and an uncle who lives in New York City.

Richard Ewool, a graduate teaching assistant, and George Obeng, an instructor, have set up a fund to raise money in order to send Akoto's body back to his family in Ghana.

"He kept to himself," Obeng told the newspaper. "He loved soccer and sports and was very generous."

 "Philip was a gentle and kind young man," said Rebecca Calahan, one of Akoto's professors. "As a mathematics graduate teaching assistant from August 2011 to May 2013, Philip worked as a mathematics tutor and helped many MTSU students."

Anyone who wishes to donate to the Philip Akoto Benefit Account should contact Dustin Vernon at SunTrust Bank by phone at 615-848-2447 or email at dustin.d.vernon@suntrust.com.

*The Murfreesboro Post contributed to this report.

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