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Campbell High community grieves following fatal accident

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Family and friends have been stopping at the crash site on Kaimalie Street near Fort Weaver Road in Ewa Beach all day turning the site into a memorial. Down the street at Campbell High School, where the student victims went to school, friends say this was the toughest day yet.

A lot of the focus is on Brandon Harris, the 16 year old driver who, at last check with family is on life support.

"I knew him since 6th grade and I used to hang out with him every day, he's like my good friend," said Sydney Jacobs, Campbell High School Junior.

It's not the news anyone wanted right before going on Thanksgiving vacation. Three Campbell High School students involved in a horrific and deadly crash with Kawehi Kupukaa passing away, Brandon Harris clinging to life and a third, Johnoven Lagon released from the hospital.

"I was just in deep shock. They are all good people," said Allan Cortez, Campbell High School Sophomore.

"Pretty devastating knowing someone and finding out they passed away," said Aaron Waldvogel, Campbell High School Sophomore.

The crash happened at 1:30 in the afternoon. We have learned all three students were supposed to be in class. They were not excused by the school to leave before the 2:15 dismissal.

Police believe speed and alcohol were factors in the crash.

"Learn from what happened yesterday. Don't take life for granted or anything," said Roxy Gifford-Cachola, Campbell High School Freshman.

Campbell High School had eight counselors available for individual sessions. They also brought in counselors from nearby schools to help with grief counseling. Administrators also spoke with students in larger sessions as well.

"We've had big group counseling in the cafeteria. We had one in one big room and so we've allowed the children to talk about this and we've given them advice and listened to them and I think they want to be listened to and they want to express themselves," said Naomi Takamori, Campbell High School Principal. "There's been a great outpouring of grief from the students and they've been very well behaved, very respectful."

"This is the quietest day we've ever had at Campbell, like we're not even doing anything, we're all crying and quiet," said Isaac Esprecion, Campbell High School Sophomore.

While there were some alcohol bottles left behind at the memorial, the hope is fellow students will realize their decisions in life can lead to death.

"Don't drink, don't underage drive or drink, smoke, whatever," said Gifford-Cachola.

"It's going to have a big impact to the school and to students because all of them are well known around the school. There's going to be a lot of questions and there are going to be a lot of doubts probably," said Cortez.

The police investigation on the crash continues.

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