Fort Worth High School Copes With Fatal Crash

Two students killed in Friday car crash are school's sixth and seventh deaths in less than two years

By Amanda Guerra
|  Monday, Feb 27, 2012  |  Updated 7:05 PM CDT
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Trimble Tech High School is once again dealing with tragedy after two students died in a car crash Friday. The school has had to deal with the deaths of six students and one teacher in the past two years.

Amanda Guerra, NBC 5 News

Trimble Tech High School is once again dealing with tragedy after two students died in a car crash Friday. The school has had to deal with the deaths of six students and one teacher in the past two years.

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Seven people at a Fort Worth high school have died in less than two years, including two students who died in a car crash Friday.

Trimble Tech High School students Jeanette Lopez, 15, and Ivan Torres, 17, were killed in a head-on collision Friday.

Students and loved ones packed a small Fort Worth chapel for Lopez's funeral Monday afternoon.

“It’s quiet in every class, just sad," Ebonee Bryant said. "No one’s been talking, anything, even in the hallways."

Four other students and a teacher at Trimble Tech have died in less than two years. Two of the students were killed in car crashes, one student died of a brain tumor and another drowned.

The teacher died of a heart attack.

“I was just saying last week like how we're doing good and we haven't had anything happen this year, and then, Friday,” Bryant said.

“It’s like, it’s weird how every year someone has to die,” senior Judith Najera said

Cassandra Marques, who was friends with Lopez, said her friend's death was unexpected.

“You don’t think, 'Oh, in two days you’re never going to see them again. That’s going to be the last thing you say to them,' you know. It’s crazy,” she said.

School officials said they talk to the students about alcohol and drugs but currently do not have a curriculum dedicated to safety behind the wheel.

Fort Worth Independent School District Trustee Juan Rangel said he is actively looking for a program dedicated to safe driving for all high school students in the district.

Each student death brings back memories of the previous losses, Bryant said.

"It’s a lot to take in,” she said.

“We just need to watch what we're doing and take better care of ourselves and make better choices so all this stuff can just stop happening to us,” Marques said.

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