Friends mourn loss of Belton teen after deadly wreck

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Published on October 24, 2019 - Duration: 02:39s

Friends mourn loss of Belton teen after deadly wreck

One day after a 13-year-old Belton Middle School student died in a head-on crash on U.S. 71, his classmates were coping with the devastating news.

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Friends mourn loss of Belton teen after deadly wreck

A DEADLY CRASH TAKESTHE LIFE OF A BELTONMIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENT--TONIGHT -- CLASSMATESARE LEFT WONDERINGWHY THEIR FRIEND'S LIFEWAS CUT SHORT.41 ACTION NEWS ISDIGGING FOR ANSWERS INTHE CRASH.IT HAPPENED LAST NIGHTON 71 HIGHWAY NORTH OFBANNISTER ROAD.A NORTHBOUND TRUCKCROSSED OVER THEMEDIAN AND HIT ASOUTHBOUND TRUCK.THE 13-YEAR-OLD BOYWAS IN THE TRUCK HIT BYTHE WRONG-WAY DRIVER.41 ACTION NEWSREPORTER NICK STARLINGJOINS US LIVE FROMBELTON.NICK YOU SPOKE TOPEOPLE WHO KNEW HIM" WHAT DID THEY SAY?THIS IS A DEVASTATINGLOSS TO THISCOMMUNITY"AT THISTIME WE ARE NOT NAMINGHIM"BUT HE WENT TOBELTON MIDDLE SCHOOLHERE"MANY OF HISFELLOW STUDENTS TOOKTHE REST OF THE DAY OFFBECAUSE THEY WEREJUST TOO EMOTIONAL TOCONTINUE THE DAY.Anna Marie Edmonds/knew the 13-year-old victimA lot of my classes were spentwith him and just yesterday wewere all laughing with him andstuff and then today we findout here"s not hereanymore.A BEST FRIEND"GONEFOREVER.IT"S SOMETHING ANNAMARIE EDMONDS IS STILLTRYING TO PROCESS ATJUST 13- YEARS OLD.Anna Marie Edmonds/knew the 13-year-old victimStill right now, I"m stilllikeoh my gosh this ishappening" I don"twant to believe it.THE REALITY SLOWINGSINKING IN--HER BROTHERPAYTON"ALSO KNEWHIM.Payton Edmonds-14-years-old knewthe victimI lost someone that I liked alot.THEY WERE IN THE BANDTOGETHERPayton Edmonds-14-years-old knewthe victimHe was like this great herothat everyone liked to look upto because he was like sotalented and did so manythings.THEIR MOM"TRYING TOCOMFORT THEM.It"s tough.THIS TRAGIC DEATHBRINGS UP AN EMOTIONALTIME IN REBECCA"SEDMONDS LIFE WHEN SHEWAS THEIR AGE"DEALINGWITH A CLASSMATE WHOSUDDENLY DIED HERE INBELTON.Rebecca Edmonds/lost a classmateyears agoI still remember that day likeitwas yesterday finding out andnot knowing how to processeverything and walking intothe middle school today andseeing all the kids and teachercrying and upset it justbrought back a lot of what wewent through.THAT EXPERIENCE HELPEDHER IN HOW TO DEAL WITHTODAY"S LOSS"WITHHER TWO KIDS.Rebecca Edmonds/lost a classmateyears agoImmediately I run to themiddle school to be with herand get her out of thatsituation because she wassurrounded by kids who werejust devastated but thenI"m thinking okay my sonis going to find out at schoolwhat happened and hedoesn"t show emotional infront of people.A SHOCKING LOSS IN THISTIGHT-KNITCOMMUNTIY"AS THEYTRY TO MAKE SENSE OF ITALL.Rebecca Edmonds/lost a classmateyears agoThis kind of stuff can happenin a blink of an eye andlife"s too short to haveyour own little groups, youneed to come together and beone.Payton Edmonds-14-years-old knewthe victimit"s sad that he had to golike this.TOMORROW THE 1YEAR-OLD WAS SUPPOSEDTO PLAY IN ONE OF THEBIGGEST PERFORMANCESAT THE HIGH SCHOOLFOOTBALL GAMETOMORROW NIGHT"THEEDMONDS SAY THEY ARETRYING TO FIND A WAY TOHONOR HIM THERE.REPORTING LIVE INBELTONNICK STARLIN

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