Forreston High School students mourn the loss of a peer Wednesday. Freshman Jared Mullarkey was killed in a car crash Tuesday afternoon that injured two other students.
Mullarkey's life was cut short at this intersection in Forreston. The freshman was headed to a basketball game at polo with two teammates, when their vehicle crashed into a truck.
Local residents are stunned.
"I was in shock because you never think it's going to happen to you or someone you know," says Miranda Homan, a former classmate of Mullarkey.
Mullarkey, a 15-year-old passenger, died instantly. The driver Kendrick Manus and passenger Mitchell Plambeck suffered serious injuries. The teens were reportedly driving to the junior varsity game after missing the team bus.
Grief counselors are at the high school all this week to offer support to grieving students.
"All us were crying and quiet. We didn't do anything in school today. They just talked to us about it," says student Brittney Meyer.
As the shock slowly wears off, students who knew Jared are doing the best they can to celebrate his life.
"He made a lot of joke and he was funny," says classmate Ben Meyer.
"Everybody liked him. He was really nice and smart. He always made you laugh. He was a joker," said Homan.
Winter road conditions may have contributed to the crash, but police continue to investigate. School leaders have also cancelled extra curricular activities for Wednesday night, Thursday's basketball tournament with Dakota and the freshmen tournament with Byron.
A visitation for Jared Mullarkey will take place this Friday at Burke Tubbs Funeral Home in Forreston from 2 to 7 p.m. On Saturday morning a funeral service will be held at the high school at 10:30 a.m.