GRANDVIEW, Wash. - Family, friends and neighbors are mourning the loss of two teenage boys from Grandview. A car accident Tuesday night claimed their lives while a third teen boy remains in critical condition at a Richland hospital.
Investigators said it will likely be weeks before they know exactly what led up to this tragedy.
"Nobody's talking," said Grandview High School sophomore Chelsey Brooks.
"It's quiet. When you walk through the halls it's just silent," said another sophomore from the school, Gabby Espinoza.
Students gathered at the school's flagpole at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday morning for a moment of silence they organized themselves.
"Quite a crowd formed and then when the bell rang they dispersed to class and everybody was notified by their teachers at that point. Then students were allowed to go where they needed to go," said Grandview Schools Superintendent Kevin Chase.
"They already had something put on our memorial rock for kids who have died in 2013," Brooks said.
Two 16-year-old juniors, Carlos Ochoa and Kevin Lopez, died as a result of the crash last night. 17-year-old senior Jovannie Razo was listed in critical condition Wednesday.
Friends said the three boys were likely headed to Gravity Hill when the car they were in veered off the road into some trees.
Family and friends visited the crash site Wednesday which is now marked with flowers and littered with homework, glass and mangled car parts.
"They were popular kids. They were kids that were full of life, laughed a lot. One was really involved in sports. He did Track and field and cross country and wrestling. The others kids were just kids that everybody knew and were friends with," Chase said.
Again, Benton County investigators said it will take awhile to complete their investigation. However, they did say speed was a contributing factor.
The speed limit on Evans Road, where the crash happened, is posted as 50 mph.
Extra grief counselors are on hand at Grandview High School while students and staff try to make sense of the tragedy.