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Grieving Kaimuki High students return to class after deadly crash

Tre Paderes Tre Paderes
Dennis Taira Dennis Taira
Penelope Tom Penelope Tom
Melissa Miranda Melissa Miranda

By Holly Juscen – bio | email

KAIMUKI (HawaiiNewsNow) - On the first day back at school since the deadly accident, Kaimuki High students hugged and cried during an emotional impromptu memorial. Many of them overwhelmed by the loss of senior Melissa Miranda.

"We didn't expect something like this to happen. She was a really nice girl she didn't bother nobody. This has really hit everybody really hard, it's a mean reality check," said Tre Paderes, a Kaimuki High School senior.

"She's so young and it happened like that, it's shocking," said Dennis Taira, a Kaimuki High School Junior.

At the memorial, Miranda's aunt had a message of forgiveness, addressing students, including the driver of the truck. Senior Bethany Robert was arrested for negligent homicide, she sobbed openly with classmates at the remembrance.

Kaimuki High School Principal, Penelope Tom said Robert is still in shock, " She having a very hard time right now. She didn't want to come to school today, but her presence made a big difference here at school today."

"I feel sorry for bethany but she hads to know that it wasn't her fault -- this could happen to anyone, " said Paderes.

Students have put up a mural of Melissa in the front of the campus, yellow in honor of her favorite color. A memorial of flowers and pictures marks her favorite hang out spot.

All eight students involved in the deadly accident are seniors at Kaimuki High.

Six of them, including Miranda were riding in the bed of the truck when Robert lost control. The truck overturned early Friday morning on Roosevelt Avenue. One senior is still in critical condition.

Grief counselors are on the campus to help students cope with this tragedy. Principal Tom says this a difficult situation for both students and faculty.

"Many of the staff and support people are having a hard time dealing with this. teachers They knew Melissa and all these students since they were 9th graders. These kids all went to school from elementary to middle school, so we were looking forward to a nice graduation."

Miranda was planning on attending prom this Saturday, and was set to graduate on May 23rd. Funeral services are still pending.

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