Holt Students Grieve Classmates

By: Rachel Thomas Email
By: Rachel Thomas Email

Hundreds of students wore black to school today in rememberance of two teens killed in Sunday's crash. 18-year-old Taylyr Cochran was the captain of the Holt varsity baseball team before he graduated last year.

"We got so close. He was like a brother to me," said Holt High School baseball player Josh Rios.

"If we were ever down, he was the one to bring us back," said another Holt baseball player Jordan Mata.

Holly Bossenberry, 17, was a senior on the varsity gymnastics team.

"She was one of two seniors on the team and was a leader. She kept up the team spirit and moral at practice," said Varsity gymnastics coach Kristyn Dehne.

Holt High School has seven grief counselors available to students throughout Monday. Administrators excused dozens of students who visited varsity football captain Anthony Harris at Sparrow Hospital.

He taught me how to keep fighting and that's what he's doing now," said Holt football player James Jones.

Friends left flowers at the scene that still has broken glass and debris from the crash. School administrators say it is a tough job to try and prevent accidents like this.

"We tell them to always be careful, don't drink, drive safe. We always tell our students this," said Holt High School's assistant principal Ann Coe.

Now students are listening.

"It doesn't matter how they say it, people don't pay attention until something happens. But when something like this happens everyone will learn a lesson," said senior football player Curtis Nick.

The other two seniors in the car including the driver suffered lesser injuries from the crash, but will carry scarred memories forever.

Sparrow hospital is asking students to respectfully stay away from visiting Anthony Harris as he recovers. There is a candlelight vigil scheduled for 6:30 tonight. It will be held at Veterans Memorial Park right behind the Delhi Township offices on Aurelius Road.


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