WALWORTH COUNTY -- A community came together to remember three young lives lost in a fatal car accident over the Memorial Day weekend. Two of the deceased were current juniors at Burlington High School. The third was a 2015 graduate.
On Tuesday evening, May 30th the community gathered inside the Burlington High School gym. The district superintendent said counselors were made available throughout the day.
During the gathering, school officials shared the late students' stories, prompting laughter and tears.
"Everyone's been there for each other, but with like, respect to what's going on, it hurts everyone. Everyone is heartbroken," Olivia Weis, who knew the victims said.
The three young men were killed in a fatal car crash on Sunday, May 28th. Authorities said speed was a factor when the car lost control, slammed into a tree and burst into flames.
The victims are 17-year-old Hunter Morby, 17-year-old Jason Davis and 20-year-old Landen Brown.
The purpose of Tuesday night's event was to allow students, staff and parents time to share, reflect and grieve.
""We have a process to deal with this. We have protocols that we are following to help the students grieve. When their friends or acquaintances have been taken from them, it may be a new experience for them as a teenager and so we are trying to help and guide them through the process in a positive way," said Burlington School District Superintendent Peter Smet.
The gathering closed with a walk around the outdoor track.
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