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Students At WHS Coping With Death Of A Classmate

Monday's rainy weather may have been a factor in two unrelated accidents that claimed the lives of East Texas teenagers. The first happened Monday afternoon on FM 346; about a mile and a half east of Whitehouse. Eighteen-year-old Scott Everett Baker a Senior at Whitehouse High School died in the one vehicle accident. The cloudy skies over Whitehouse High School reflected the grief many felt Tuesday over the death of Scott Baker. Some of Scott's lifelong friends were the first on the scene, just minutes after his death.

"A friend of mine that was behind him called me and said he went off the road," said Wes Hall. "I came out there and me and (another friend) were the first two to know. Then the police got there and they wouldn't let us around it."

A welded cross celebrating Scott's life now marks the spot where that young life ended. It was just after school let out Monday that the 18-year old's pickup truck ran off FM 346, striking a tree. News of Scott's death quickly reached students still at school, just a few blocks down the road.

"There was a lot of people out in the parking lot and stuff," said student Farrah Facing. "I just, I can't believe it that something like that would happen."

Scott was about to complete the first semester of his Senior year. Teammates of the popular Wildcat corner back can't help but smile thinking of the triumphs they shared with him on and off the field.

"He just brought tremendous energy and you know he just told us to never give up," said teammate and WHS senior Vincent Williams. "He was just one of those guys. It's hard to take."

Fellow Seniors said it will be difficult when the class of 2005 walks the stage in May without Scott. Counselors and ministers from area churches were at the school Tuesday, providing comfort to those wrestling with the teen's death.

"The students they feel like, well they start to realize that we're not going to live forever," said Green Acres Baptist Church High School Minister Justin Hayes. "So we just have to remind them that God has a plan for their life."

Friends said Scott's plan in life was to make others smile, and that the selflessness he showed in life will carry on even after his death.

"It's going to be tough," said Vincent Williams, "but I know he would want us to go ahead and live out our long life dreams that we all would hope for."

Counselors will be available throughout the week to help students at Whitehouse High School cope with Scott's death. Funeral services for Scott Baker will be held Thursday, December 2 at 10:00 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Whitehouse.

Maya Golden reporting,

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