EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSRiverside HS Remembers Two Students Killed In Crash
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Reported by: Kera Mashek
Videographer: Shelby Spradling
Web Producer: Kera Mashek
Reported: Oct. 14, 2013 11:13 PM EDT
Updated: Oct. 15, 2013 12:50 PM EDT
Belle , Kanawha County , West Virginia
Two teenagers killed in a car crash Saturday night in Marmet are being remembered.
Sadly, it's something the Riverside High community has learned to do the past several months, with four student deaths. Monday night was no exception, as a lot of hugs were shared and tears shed--grieving for Mason Rousch and Cody Perdue, and their families.
Filing into Riverside High's football stadium Monday night, students signed posters in memory of the two friends they lost in weekend car crash: 18-year-old Mason Rousch and 17-year-old Cody Perdue.
"It's just hard on everybody. An empty seat at graduation--that's what we ahve to look at when we go to graduate, and that's just really hard," said David Cochran, student.
But it's clear these two young men made a big impact.
The community's grieving is evident from the time you get near the school on the road leading to it --a display of cups with the teens' names..and candlelight as hundreds gathered at Riverside to remember the two students. Sadly, something they're used to, but are glad to have each other's support.
Mason Rousch is remembered as a fun-loving teen, who could often be found with a fishing pole in hand.
"We weren't the best of friends, but if I needed him or he needed me, we were always there for each other," said Cochran.
Mason's friend Cody Perdue also enjoyed the outdoors, and classmates said he had a warm, kind heart.
"He was the type of person to just make everybody laugh. I mean you walk in the room, it was an instant smile and he'd make everyone else smile," said student Hannah Coleman.
As the vigil moved onto the football field with a line of candles, Riverside's principal shared an emotional poem, written by Cody's mom.
Cody's girlfriend, who was riding with him when the accident happened, pushed through tears to thank friends and family for their support.
"Cody wasn't just my boyfriend. He was my best friend," Kirsten Young said.
And Mason's mom remembered her boy.
"He was a kind, caring, giving person," she said.
With heavy hearts, and even through all the tragedy of this year, the school's learn a few things.
"We're a family here, and we really love each other and will see each other through this," said Riverside teacher Kimberly Morgan.
We're still to hear about funeral arrangements for Perdue and Rousch.
The investigation into the crash that killed them is ongoing, but police do not think alcohol or speeding were involved, and everyone was wearing a seat belt.
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