Families and friends are mourning the loss of four Warren County High School seniors killed in a fiery car crash overnight Saturday on Viola Road.
They are grappling with the burdensome question: How do you say goodbye to sons, a daughter, siblings, friends - all teenagers - gone too soon?
"I'm just trying to make sense of it," said Kim Dykes, whose son, Kaimen Collins, died in the crash. "I'm just trying to grasp anything. Why? Where? How come? Anything we can make sense of it all."
Kaimen, 17, Dominique Pinegar, Christopher Frazier and Shanna Seiderer were out playing tag, Collins' mother told Channel 4 News. All four died in the crash that occurred late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
Collins had given her son her red Camaro to drive. She had talked to him just hours before the crash.
"I tried to call him, and I tried to text him," Dykes said. "He always answered or called or texted back, and he never responded."
"I keep hoping I will wake up from this nightmare, and I will have my brother back," said Shelbie Tubbs, the older brother of Christopher.
All the teens were seniors at Warren County High School and had plans to attend college. Friends said Kaimen, Dominique and Christopher were inseparable. They say they had personalities that would light up any classroom.
Christopher's sister said her brother loved math and wanted to attend the University of Memphis and study accounting. Kaimen's mother said her son wanted to attend Middle Tennessee State University and study computer science.
April Collins, the aunt of Dominique, said he was smart and could be anything he wanted to be.
"He was always happy," Collins said about her nephew. "He was always making other people happy."
According to officials, two of the teens were ejected from the car.
Investigators returned to the scene Monday for measurements, believing - for now - speed played a part in the crash.
At the school... the principal broke the news this morning, first to staff, then class-by-class.
Four counselors and three psychologists met with students to talk through a set of events even many adults have a tough time reconciling.
The flag at Warren County High School remains at half-staff.
Warren County Schools Director Bobby Cox said the school will find a way to honor all four seniors. All of them will also receive their diplomas posthumously at graduation next year.
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Tuesday, September 2 2014 7:39 PM EDT2014-09-02 23:39:10 GMT
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