MINERVA, Ohio (WYTV) — With tearful eyes and heavy hearts, students and parents from the Minerva Local School district packed into their high school gymnasium on Sunday night to remember three of their own who died in a car crash over the weekend.
“Storm was the type of kid if you’re having the worst day in the world he’d make you smile no matter what,” said Minerva High School senior, Ruger Miller.
Miller played football with Storm Angione, who was one of the victims.
“He lived life absolutely to the fullest. In his 19 years, I knew no one else who could’ve fit in what he did,” said Miller.
“He had the biggest heart on the team. He’d always find a way to get us motivated when we didn’t want to. I really looked up to him,” added junior Kyle Gulling.
Gulling was also on the football team and had classes with the driver, Savannah Russell.
“She was a nice person. Just pleasant to be around. She always had a smile on her face. Had a lot of friends. Just one of them kind of people,” said Gulling.
The third victim, Aliyia Hancock, graduated earlier this year.
“All three are just great kids,” said Minerva Schools superintendent, Gary Chaddock.
Chaddock said Sunday’s service is about coming together as one big family.
“We just wanted to give our families, our community, a chance to grieve and be together,” said Chaddock.
A school dance was cancelled yesterday because of the crash, but classes are scheduled to go on as planned Monday.
“We will have school tomorrow,” Chaddock said. “We met today; my staff, counselors, community members, and we discussed a very good plan we feel in place for the week.”
That plan includes help for students affected by the tragedy.
“We just want to make sure we have someone with them while they’re grieving at all times,” said Chaddock.
A grief that those at the vigil felt extends to an entire community.