ASHVILLE (WCMH) — The first week of school is supposed to be an exciting time but for students at Teays Valley High School are mourning the loss of two classmates.
Vladslav Gaidai, 17, is the third person who died as a result of a wrong-way crash last Saturday near Circleville in Pickaway County.
His friend, Joshua Fyffe, 17, was the other teen killed in that crash. And 56-year-old Carol Fowler, the woman who was driving the car that hit the teens head-on, also died.
Students and friends came together and joined hands early Thursday morning to remember the two teens.
“We’re here again as we’ve lost another classmate,” said Mallory Sprangler, who led the prayer circle.
Close friends of Vlad told NBC4 that he recently returned from the Ukraine to finish out high school with his friends.
They said he finished high school abroad but wanted to get a degree from Teays Valley alongside his new friends.
He had been staying with family friends in the area.
“Both of them were bundles of joy; spreading positivity throughout the school,” said Sprangler. “Knowing him made this really hard.”
Ashton Anderson, another student at Teays Valley High School, said she is reevaluating some aspects o her life after hearing about the loss of her two friends.
“I want to live life to the fullest,” explained Anderson. “I want to make sure my friends know I love them and that my family knows I love them and that I will always be there.”
Ashton and Mallory both know the support from their peers and community will help everyone get through this tragedy one day at a time.