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9/8/03 - Tatum

Students Try To Deal With The Loss Of Friends

High school students from the small community of Tatum returned to the campus Monday.  They tried to cope with an incredible loss.

Four Tatum girls, three that still were going to Tatum high school, are killed in a fiery weekend accident.

15 year old Rachel Reid, 16 year old Jaicey Robberson, 14 year old MacKinsey Blalock and 20 year old Kasey Moraw were killed. It happened around 11 o'clock Friday night two miles north of Tatum on highway 149.

DPS troopers say Jaicey Robberson was driving the girl's car.  They believe she pulled out onto highway 149 in front of Rachel Reid's brother, David Reid.   But DPS says David Reid may have been drag racing with his lights off.

One girl was ejected.  The vehicle caught on fire with the three other girls trapped inside.

For many people in Tatum, coming to grips with what happened Friday night will simply take time. Today students looked for comfort from each other.

Counselors, teachers, and ministers were there to help students deal with the tragedy.

Monday began at Tatum high school with tears and hugs.  Young men and women learning how to deal with loss.

"There's a lot of love there just like any family we have a family here in our entire district and surely a family at our high school they're doing like any family crying and hugging and praying," says superintendent, Dee Hart.

Wreaths were placed in front of the school to remember the girls.  A make shift memorial marks the accident on highway 149.

Monday Kasey Moraw's step sister and best friend comfort each other and remember.

"I'll always remember she would throw her hands up in the air and just jingle her keys an say 'holler boller' and give you that smile that she had.  She had the sweetest smile," says Amee Brown.

In this small town everyone is affected by the losses, especially at the Dairy Queen.  The restaurant is the favorite hang out for Tatum students.

"They're gonna be on my mind at 3:30 when all these kids come in.  It just feels like all of Tatum has lost something," says the manager of the Dairy Queen, Norma Ramirez.

Like any other day, Monday students did flock to the Dairy Queen, but this time without their best friends.

"I was just mad at everybody, I didn't know what to think. At first I didn't want to believe it. I kept saying, 'it's not her, it's not her.' I just kept thinking it was somebody else," says Casi Medders, MacKensey's best friend.

"Rachel was always smiling, no matter what she always had a smile on her face. Losing her was hard but it's just going to make us stronger and we know she's in a better place," says Rachel's best friend, Kim Viesca.

David Reid was released from the hospital Monday.

Funeral services for Kasey Moraw will be Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the First United Methodist church in Tatum.

Services will also be held Tuesday for MacKinsey Blalock at 2 o'clock at Mobberly baptist church in Longview.

Jaicey Robberson's funeral is set for Wednesday at Calvary baptist church in Gladewater at 10 a.m.

Graveside services for Rachel Reid will be Thursday at 10 am at Tatum cemetery.

Amy Tatum reporting. 

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