Tremont Students React to Death of Two Senior Classmates

By WEEK Producer

January 24, 2011 Updated Jan 24, 2011 at 11:23 PM CDT

School administrators in Tremont appear to be doing all they can to comfort the high school students after two Seniors were killed Saturday.

Grief counselors were on hand as classmates mourned the loss of 18-year old Michael Honan and 17-year old Celine Estes.

Two others in Honan's pick-up truck are still in the hospital.

The condition of Celine's older sister Briana is unknown at this time.

21-year old Brittany Fair is listed in fair condition at Advocate BroMenn Regional Medical Center.

On Facebook, friends have posted a video of Celine Estes talking about winning a CEFCU Holiday Card Contest.

Before her death Saturday, the 17-year old had plans to go to college in the fall and major in art.

Other photos show Estes and her boyfriend Michael Honan at Homecoming and Prom.

Junior Ali Marron says a great sense of loss hung in the air as she walked into the high school Monday morning.

Marron says, "I don't know if it has set in yet. It is pretty unreal. Unbelievable. It doesn't feel like it really happened."

Sophomore Samantha Leber was on the Dance Team with Estes and says the high school administrators and faculty are doing all they can to help in the grieving process.

She says, "everyone was talking about it. They had people going down to the library and talking to counselors. There was a little dog there that was available for us to pet and be comforted by."

Superintendent Don Beard says it will be a long grieving process, "We'll probably have several tough days but the grieving process just takes time. We're encouraging students to talk to each other, to cry, to laugh...however, they need to cope. It's a process that's not an exact science and so we're just going to try to monitor our kids very closely for the next several days."

Junior Ali Marron adds, "I'm really thankful to be part of this district. -having this support and this comfort. I really feel the faculty and teachers and everyone at the school are really there to help us."

The district has cancelled all activities through Wednesday.

Autopsy results show that both Honan and Estes died of multiple injuries.

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