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Bolivar students grieve loss of 2 classmates, 1 injured

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Donald Hempker, 16, was killed in a car crash on the way to school Monday morning. Donald Hempker, 16, was killed in a car crash on the way to school Monday morning.
Last Monday, Trey Polk, 19, died in a crash on his way to Jackson State Community College. Polk graduated last year. Last Monday, Trey Polk, 19, died in a crash on his way to Jackson State Community College. Polk graduated last year.
On Friday, Justin West, 17, a high school senior, was involved a crash on his way to study for the ACT test. He is still recovering at The MED. On Friday, Justin West, 17, a high school senior, was involved a crash on his way to study for the ACT test. He is still recovering at The MED.
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(WMC-TV) - Grief counselors will be at Bolivar Central High School all week after three students were involved in car accidents. Two died and one is still recovering at The MED.

When the bell rang Wednesday at Bolivar Central High, many students walked the hall in blue jeans. They broke the dress code to remember one of their own.

Donald Hempker, 16, was killed in a car crash on the way to school Monday morning.

"He was the funniest guy I knew. When you were with Donald, you knew you were going to have a good time," said BCHS junior Caleb McKinnie.

Last Monday, Trey Polk, 19, died in a crash on his way to Jackson State Community College. Polk graduated last year.

On Friday, Justin West, 17, a high school senior, was involved a crash on his way to study for the ACT test. He is still recovering at The MED.

"You don't know what to say. You just say, 'I'm sorry,'" said BCHS teacher Deborah Hodge.

Teachers and students gathered Tuesday morning around the school to pray.

"You try to do the best you can, try to be there for the students. You try to go back to as normal as you possibly can," Hodge continued.

Students at the high school say they have learned a valuable lesson from the three crashes.

"Not take people for granted. Get close with your classmates. You never knew when they're gone," added McKinnie.

While they grieve, many students say they are trying to stay strong as their fellow classmate Justin West begins his recovery.

A funeral service for Trey Polk has already been held. The funeral service for Donald Hemker will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, November 2, at the Bolivar Central High School baseball field.

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