Students remember teens killed in car crash
POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- A South Florida high school remembered classmates who lost their lives in a tragic car accident last week.
Students at Blanche Ely High school returned to school Monday morning from winter break without two classmates.
Sixteen-year-old Guivens Daverman and 15-year-old Lyn Theodore died last Wednesday after they were involved in a three-car wreck on Interstate 95. The driver lost control and sent their sport utility vehicle into a Deerfield Beach canal.
Friends and faculty remembered the sophomores. "We just had a moment of prayer around a circle, and we just had a moment of silence for the first hour," said student Sharonda Buchanan.
Student Walna Pierre shared the second block of the school day with Daverman. She said seeing his empty chair on Monday was very difficult. "We all go together as a family. We cried together, we laughed together and we talked about how they were and just the moments we had with them," said Pierre.
Daverman and his cousin Theodore were heading home from the Boca Town Center Mall. Theodore's mom Nadege was driving. Also in the vehicle was relative Sandalie Jean-Baptiste.
Jean-Baptiste, 20, was the only survivor, but died early Monday morning.
A vigil was held Sunday night at a Pompano Beach community park for all the victims. Superintendent of Broward County Public Schools Robert Runcie, the principal of the school, family and friends, all gathered to remember the deceased. "I feel like these children are like my children," Runcie said. "They are students. We care deeply about them and their families. It's a huge loss for all of us. These are great students that had enormous potential. You never know when your time is called, and when your time is up, so I say to all students and the community, just make every day count."
The principal at Blanche Ely is personal friends with basketball star, Shaquille O'Neal, who has agreed to pay for the funeral of both the teenagers.
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