Denison ISD called for additional counselors in wake of two students killed in Plano crash

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) -- Funerals arrangements are pending for two Denison children killed in a crash in Plano on Friday.

Their classmates and teachers returned to school for the first time since the fatal wreck.

"They were beautiful, intelligent and they were loved by a lot of people and they will be missed," said the victims' grandmother Lori Hardin.

Family members are mourning the sudden loss of Nikyria Moore, 6, and Jonathon Johnson, 11.

"I got her jacket because I thought I could bring her home because you know, it's her favorite jacket and she would be cold," said the Nikyria's mother Lassandra Moore.

Moore said they were driving back Friday afternoon to Denison on U.S. Highway 75 when their SUV crashed in Plano. Moore was one of six passengers when police said her fiance lost control near Park Boulevard, hit a pole and flipped.

Jonathan Johnson died at a Dallas hospital and an 18 year-old man riding in their SUV and Nikyria died at the scene.

"I tried to save them, but I knew my daughter was gone instantly," said Moore. "They said she didn't suffer."

Now their classmates and teachers at Denison ISD where both attended school are mourning their loss.

"Our first concern is for the family, for the parents" said Denison ISD Assistant Superintendent Dr. David Kirkbride. "To lose two children is unimaginable."

They've sent a counselor Houston Elementary, where Nikyria was a first grader and three counselors to B. McDaniel Intermediate, where Jonathon was in fifth grade.

"One of the most important things is for the students and the staff members know that they have a person or persons to go to if they're struggling," said Dr. Kirkbride.

Hardin said another girl riding in the SUV, her step-granddaughter, was seriously injured and remains in the hospital. Her 12-year-old grandson was also hurt but is out of the hospital.

"I'd do anything for my babies," said Moore. "I just wish I could have them back."

Plano Police are still investigating how the crash happened, but the Dallas Morning News reports witnesses told police it appeared the driver seemed indecisive about entering the HOV lane and lost control when he entered at the last minute.



 
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