STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. - Communities are coming together to remember three teenagers killed in a crash in a suburban park.
Investigators said five teenagers were in a car that was speeding when it hit a guardrail in Stony Creek Metro Park. All but one passenger were thrown from the car. Three of them died.
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Witnesses said the teens were traveling in a black Jaguar at 80 mph when the driver reportedly lost control and hit a guardrail.
Emanuel Malaj and Jonathon Manolios went to Stevenson High School. Micheal Wells went to Henry Ford.
High school students gathered Saturday outside Henry Ford Hospital, where two of their 17-year-old friends are fighting for their lives.
At Stevenson High school, the cars slowly rolled in. As students walked to the parking lot, they lit candles and then gathered in a somber, silent vigil.
All four Utica high schools will offer grief counselors to students Monday.
Dr. Christine M. Johns, superintendent of UCS, released the following letter to parents:
The UCS community experienced significant losses and injuries in auto-related accidents this weekend. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the families at this time.
The school district will have grief counselors and additional support at each of our four comprehensive high schools. We will also be making assistance available at our other schools as needed.
If you, your children or someone you know needs immediate support, I want to make you aware of a 24-hour hotline through the Macomb County Crisis Center at 586-307-9100. These are professionals who are trained in grief counseling. Please know our staff members will be available in the coming days should you need assistance.
In these challenging times, I know our community members will come together to support our children, families, friends and neighbors as they have in the past. Please keep these families in your thoughts and prayers"
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