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Counseling, Vigil Help Community Mourn Teen

Teens gather at Cedar Road and high school to grieve loss of high school senior who was killed Friday evening while riding his dirt bike.

Teens gathered Saturday evening in a candlelight vigil on Cedar Road to mourn the 17-year-old high school student who

Many took to to express their grief and share comments on Hein.

“The candle vigil was beautiful. Hope heaven is treating you well nick,” said one.

"I hope people in our school at least learn from this and realize that every day could be your last and to live it to the fullest," said another.

opened their doors to students on Saturday to offer them solace and counseling.

“It’s a good opportunity for students to come and express their feelings,” said District Superintendent Susan Agruso. Students had gathered around small tables in the media library to speak with school guidance counselors. Administrators took the news hard as well, as a visibly upset Agruso said the counseling was also good for the staff.

since the eighth grade said Agruso, who added they also knew that dirt bike riding was his love.

In the tight-knit Kings Park community, the tragedy has affected many, including the family of Dan Byrne, the driver involved in the collision.

Joe Byrne told Patch in an email that Dan is all too familiar with this type of tragedy.

“Seamus left behind a wife, two young children and three brothers. Dan is still grieving for his brother and I can assure everyone that posted that he is devastated by what happened and feels this family’s pain and knows exactly what they’re going through,” said Joe Byrne. “

"This poor family has a very hard road ahead of them and the whole Byrne family will be praying for them,” he said.

beginning at 10:30 a.m. Counseling will be available in the high school on Monday for students as well.

“We take our cues from the students,” said Agruso. “We will adjust to meet their needs.”

Kathy Underwood January 08, 2012 at 06:34 PM
My prayers are there for both families
new guy January 09, 2012 at 01:00 AM
this is a sad story. this quote from joey is so true, joey is a class act.prayers for both familys. "This poor family has a very hard road ahead of them and the whole Byrne family will be praying for them,” he said
I live in KP January 09, 2012 at 02:38 AM
I drove passed the vigil last night...I started to cry. I pray for both familys so sad

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