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Wilson students spend day remembering classmates killed in wreck

From left: Coby Hines, Braden Turner and Tyler Nelson.

Students also prepared for visitation for the three boys, which happens Tuesday at the school.

Posted: Apr 30, 2018 4:23 PM
Updated: May 2, 2018 9:16 AM

Dozens of counselors and community members are helped Wilson High School students work through their grief Monday after the tragic deaths of three classmates.

Wilson High Principal Gary Horton said Monday was an emotional day as the loss of Braden Turner, Tyler Nelson and Coby Hines sank in and became a reality students are having to face.

"I don't think you ever get over anything like this," Horton said. "But we will get through this."

Counselors from throughout the Lauderdale County school system were at Wilson to help students through their grief. Turner, Nelson and Hines were killed in a wreck on County Road 30 in St. Florian Thursday night. Two Florence High School students, Kate Boggus and Kaylee McGee, were also in the car. They are both still hospitalized.

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"It's different when you don't see the kids in the hallway," Horton said. "You see empty desks in the classroom, and it affects the kids deeply."

At Wilson, students spent time making signs for the boys' visitation. It takes place Tuesday in the school's gym.

"They have moments where they break down, and they need someone just to talk to them and to listen to them," said Lexington High School counselor Anita Watkins. "They have had lots of activities -- the posters, students are going Into the gym and writing on posters. I think that's a great outlet."

Counselors will be available for students in the coming days and weeks. A candlelight vigil takes place at 8 p.m. Monday night for the students at Florence High School's soccer fields.

There is a GoFundMe account set up to help with funeral expenses for Coby Hines. Funds are also set up for Nelson and Turner.

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