Geneva mourns teenagers killed in car accident with grief counseling

Members of the Geneva community gather to grieve and support each other after three teens were...
Members of the Geneva community gather to grieve and support each other after three teens were killed in a Christmas day crash. (Source: WTVY)(WTVY News 4)
Published: Dec. 26, 2019 at 6:01 PM CST
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The City of Geneva is mourning the loss of three teenagers who died in a car accident Wednesday night.

Police and sheriff's deputies were still on the scene, while friends and loved ones of the girls went to the First Baptist Church.

Grief counselors were there to try and help people start the healing process.

"Christmas will never be the same for this community, especially the families that have to endure this,” said Geneva City School Board President Russell Clausell.

Russell Clausell has had to handle losing students in the past during his time as Geneva City School board president…

…but nothing of this magnitude.

Cassidy Dunn, Emilee Fain and Addyson Martin, all Geneva High School students, died in a car accident on Christmas night in Geneva.

"Those girls touched a lot of lives, and that's why you see the real hurt and the coming together of young and old,” said Geneva City School Board President Ron Snell.

Young and old came together at First Baptist Church, where 20 grief counselors were there to help.

"There's not anything that we can do to change the hurt and make it go away, but being here allows us to start the process of grieving,” said First Baptist Church Geneva Pastor Ed Scott.

It will still be a couple of weeks until school starts again, but it will still be a fresh wound when students roam the halls without Cassidy, Emilee and Addyson.

"In the weeks and days ahead, we'll rally around the families, but today [Thursday] we just have to mourn,” said Snell.

There were two other girls in the car that survived the crash.

One was taken to the University of Alabama at Birmingham where she underwent surgery.

Geneva Police Chief Tony Clemmons told us the cause of the crash is still under investigation.

He did say that alcohol was not a factor in the crash.