Community comes together to mourn University H.S. students

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by SHAWN CHITNIS & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on October 8, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 8 at 7:11 PM

SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash.--Support and donations are pouring in from all across the Inland Northwest for the families of two teenage girls killed in a tragic crash on Saturday night.

Two passengers, McKenzie Mott and Josie Freier, 15, were killed. The driver, 16-year-old Preston Maher, is recovering in the hospital.

People in the Spokane Valley said the community is so close that everyone has some connection to University High School, where all three of the students attended.
Students at Valley Christian sent a poster and care package to University High.

"We need to come together and let the families know that, let them know that we're here for them,” said Eedy Robinson, Valley Christian student.

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Some students made shirtS to celebrate Mott and Freier. They are selling the shirts online.
 
A Facebook page has also connected the community. It has 3,000 likes and shares with messages and gestures from around Spokane Valley.

The page highlighted Central Valley High School students wearing University High colors.

Businesses like the Pet Vet hospital are also showing their support publicly. They asked the community to donate to Toys for Tots, a charity important to the Freier family.

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With each new day, it is still hard for everyone touched by the lives lost to accept what has happened in their community. The mayor of the city of Spokane Valley said the entire community is affected by a tragedy like this. He said he is thinking of the family and friends of Mott and Freier.

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