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Kendra Lyn, NBC 5 News
Students at two Collin County high schools are coping with the loss of two classmates killed in a rollover crash on Sunday morning.
Students at two Collin County high schools are coping with the loss of two classmates.
Steven Chaney, a senior at Princeton High School, and Cody Hensley, a senior at McKinney North High School, both 17, were killed when they were thrown from a vehicle early Sunday during a rollover crash in Princeton.
The one-car crash also injured five of their friends, who are all current or former students at Princeton High School.
Monday, both Chaney and Hensley are being remembered. Students at Princeton High gathered at the flag pole during their morning break. They paused for a moment of silence for the two teens who lost their lives, and said a prayer for the friends that are still recovering.
“It's a horrible, sinking feeling, like when you hear something like this and you want to say, 'No, that didn't happen; No, it's not our school; No, it's not going to affect all of our kids,'” said Princeton High principal Rene Mullins.
Counselors and clergy are at the schools Monday and will be all week. Everyone is trying to embrace grieving students.
“Kind of sudden. It was really hard to deal with. I texted a bunch of people trying to get them to wear camo for him today,” said Jason Seale, a junior at Princeton.
Students are wearing camouflage as a tribute to the teens. Friends describe Hensley and Chaney as country boys who liked to hunt and fish.
“He was always funny, laughing and making jokes. He was always happy,” said Jose Fiscan, a senior at Princeton.
Classmates are trying to focus on the good times to get through the pain.
The crash shattered so many lives. Witnesses said the 19-year-old driver had been speeding, lost control, and rolled the car at about 4 a.m. Sunday.
“We have one of our girls here on campus, her boyfriend passed away, so there's much grief between the two towns,” said Mullins.
Police said there were seven teens in the car and only five seat-belts. Investigators said it's possible no one had been buckled up.
“It’s a shame. There shouldn't have been that many people in the car, especially that late,” said Seale.
The police chief told NBC 5 that one teen remained in critical condition Monday morning. The driver is also still in the hospital.
There’s a memorial planned at McKinney North for the victims at 8 p.m. Monday.