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Sleepy Eye HS opens doors to grieving students

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Sleepy Eye High School was open from 10 a.m. to noon Monday for students to gather and mourn the loss of 4 young people killed in a Friday night car crash.

No classes were held, as Monday was a scheduled in-service day for teachers.


- Payton Adams, 17, of Sleepy Eye, Minn.

- Caleb Quesenberry, 17, of St. Peter, Minn.

- John Mangen, 18, of Fairfax, Minn.

- Tyler Hadley, 20, of Sleepy Eye, Minn.

Mangen and Hadley recently graduated from Sleepy Eye, and Quesenberry and Adams attended other schools in the area.


The halls of St. Mary's High School were a little emptier on Monday, as students attending the small school of 240 came to remember the classmates they lost and pray for the lone survivor.

"Payton had a real big heart, and he was always kind to everyone," Nikki Carr remembered.

Inside the school, a memorial to those killed is growing, and school officials are encouraging students to write notes to the families of those affected by the crash, including words of encouragement for Kansas Adams.

"Our faith will be a part that plays a big role in staying together and coming through the loss," Hayley Nied said.

Superintendent John Chelovski told Fox 9 News that since everyone in the school knows everyone, it was important to get students to come together and talk things out with counselors as they grieve.

"It is essential for students to have an opportunity to talk amongst each other, deal with the situation, understand what happened and how to move forward," Chelovski said.


According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 19-year-old Kansas Adams was driving the car that lost control on an icy stretch of road and slid into the path of an oncoming pickup.

PHOTO: 2003 Pontiac Grand Prix involved in the crash

Kansas Adams was upgraded to fair condition after the weekend, and friends say despite losing his brother and best friend, his spirits are high.

"He says he knows he's a miracle and he's going to live for the 4 boys that died," Carr said.

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