Wilson students help each other grieve after losing three classmates

Students are doing their own special projects for the Wilson boys families.

Posted: May 2, 2018 5:15 PM
Updated: May 2, 2018 6:29 PM

Counselors are still at Wilson High School to help students grieve the loss of three classmates.

Thousands were at the school on Tuesday for the funerals of Coby Hines, Braden Turner, and Tyler Nelson.

Wilson High School Principal, Gary Horton, said they always have three counselors on staff but students are helping each other through their grief.

"We've grieved together. We've cried together. We will never get over it but we will get through it," said Wilson High School Principal, Gary Horton.

Horton said reality set in for some students after attending the boys funerals, which were held at the high school gym. He says everyday they are taking baby steps together to handle the loss.

"I've learned they heal by talking with each other, so a lot of our kids are counseling each other. We still have professionals on campus and on stand by if we need them," said Horton.

The three boys lost their lives last week in a car crash on County Road 30. Two Florence High School students, Kate Boggus and Kaylee McGee, were also injured in the crash but expected to recover.

Florence City School officials said Wednesday, Kate Boggus has been released from the Hospital. Officials said Kaylee McGee was still in stable condition at Huntsville Hospital. It's unclear when she will get to come home.

St. Florian police believe speed and the weather were factors in the crash.

"I don't know them but I thought about my kids. How I would feel, and the Lord just let it on my heart to come down here and pray over these children," said Brenda Rice.

Rice lives near the wreck site and said her heart is broken by the loss of the boys. Braden and Coby's cleats hang around their crosses. Tyler's cleats hang near his cross on a tree at the crash site. Rice said she has this message for the families, and friends of the boys.

"I love them through Christ and I just want them all to know the Lord has got this, with his strength, love, and faith in him it's going to get better," said Rice.

The boys loss has brought complete strangers together. Horton said as they lean on each other for support, many students are trying to give some comfort to the boys families.

"We have kids signing desks and their making plaques at trade school. We have individuals doing individual things for the families," said Horton.

Braden, Tyler, and Coby were all athletes at Wilson High School. St. Florian Police are still investigating the car crash with the assistance of Alabama State Troopers.

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