CAMDEN COUNTY, N.C.-- There've been 3 deaths in just a week for the Bruin family at Camden County High School.
Authorities say last weekend senior Denzel Hicks and junior Jeremy Mcpherson both died when the car they were passengers in lost control and hit an SUV.
Then Thursday night former student Adelyn Houtz was killed in another accident. Police say a driver sideswiped her car on Highway 34 leaving 2 other teenage girls in critical condition.
Principal Billie Berrys says Houtz was hit driving home from the funeral for the other students.
"It is a tremendous amount of bad news," He said "It was devastating, It was overwhelming for our students for our community. Many of our students since they are young are sort of dealing with this kind of loss for the first time "
To help with the healing the Fellowship of Christian Athletes Club organized a vigil Friday night. A time of sorrowful music and memories.
Among those who shared was senior, Joy Weidrick who said she saw Houtz just before her death Thursday ."I'm still shocked. I really don't want to believe it. I try not to. She was really nice. She was just a really sweet girl."
Candle lights revealed tearfilled eyes, as arms lifted high in tribute.
The vigil had already been scheduled for 18-year-old Denzel Najee Hicks and 16-year-old Jeremy Kindall McPherson who were in the back of the car that crashed on Rt. 158 Saturday night.
North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper P. A. Logsdon said the car, with four teens inside, drifted into the right lane. The driver over-corrected and spun, hitting a Chevrolet Suburban. The four people in that SUV were treated at the hospital and released.
Hicks, McPherson and 17-year-old Steven McPherson, Jeremy's brother, were ejected from the Ford Mustang. Steven, who was in the front passenger seat, was listed in fair condition earlier this week at Sentara Norfolk General.
The driver, 18-year-old Demetre O. Brooks, was wearing his seat belt, authorities said, and was expected to recover from his injuries.
Mcpherson played on the Camden County High School football team. Hicks had dreams of joining the Marines. Kiah Page posted on Facebook, This isn't what I wanted to wake up to. Denzel, you were one of the most amazing guys I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, you were so funny and always smiling, with that smile that could light up a room…”
In a statement Monday, Camden Co. Superintendent Melvin Hawkins said, "The Camden County Schools family is dealing with our recent tragedy. Our thoughts are prayers are with the families of all involved. We are fortunate that we live in a community that will come together and support one another. We also greatly appreciate the outpouring of support and calls from area school systems. School counselors, school psychologists, and area pastors are available to assist our students and staff and help them deal with this difficult time."