Last Tuesday, four students at Community High School, in Lavon, were killed in a car accident. Andrew Miller: 17, Jordan Kidd: 17, Marilynn Dominguez: 16, and Secily Lackey: 16, were the four fatalities reported, while three other individuals, in the other car suffered mild injuries in the crash.
That evening, Community ISD released a solemn statement in response to the incident.
“We are grateful to the first responders on the scene,” the district stated. “As they continue to investigate CISD will refrain from making any additional comment out of respect for the families. Our thoughts and prayers are with these families and with the entire Brave Nation as we grieve together. Counselors will be available to help support students and staff first thing in the morning.”
The day following the accident, a vigil was held at Community High’s football field. Hundreds were in attendance.
“I can’t imagine, as a parent of three kids, getting that call,” Community High School Principal Michael Westfall told the crowd at the vigil. “I wish there was something that I could do. I wish there was something I could do. I wish there was something I could say that would take the pain away.”
Following this tragedy, a movement across several school districts in Texas was born: “#BraveStrong”, in which people were instructed to wear blue and gold to show their support.
Students, educators, and other administrators from all over the state wore those colors last Friday, the same day as Community High School’s last home football game against Dallas ISD’s Roosevelt High School.
Friday was marked by a feeling of sadness, but also one of unity. Aside from the statewide support and mourning for the four students lost, it was also senior night, and the entire community showed out. Not only that, but the Roosevelt Mustangs presented Community High School with five plants– one for each student that passed and another for the school to keep in remembrance.
Dallas ISD’s Executive Director of Athletics told WFAA News, “Tonight’s more than about football. This is about coming together as one.”