Vigil held in Bennett for teen victims, survivors in fatal rollover crash

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BENNETT, Colo. -- A vigil was held Wednesday night for two teenagers who were killed in a rollover crash that left three others seriously injured. All five were students at Bennett High School.

Several people from the small town on Interstate 70 about 35 miles east of Denver gathered for to mourn the loss as well as offer support for the students who were injured.

"Going to school today, it was uneasy, it wasn’t real. You see these kids in the hallway all the time but today they weren’t there," Bennett High School senior Zoey Larson said.

"It was silence, it was heavy. You walk in the doors and it was guilt. Everyone cried and I was just blank because it was so shocking. All of us are family, that’s all we know. When you lose somebody, it affects our whole community, and that’s how we come together. We have to, that’s the only way to get through this."

"Small-town community, we're all here for each other, we all love each other. Today at school, it was amazing to see all of the police officers and pastors giving us support," senior Wyatt Clark said.

The names of the students killed have not been released by the Adams County Coroner's Office.

Injured in the crash on East 38th Avenue near Penrith Road were 16-year-old sophomore James Dickerson, 15-year-old freshman Ciara Bingham and 18-year-old senior Clifford Malachi, the Bennett School District said.

The Colorado State Patrol said the two who died were boys.

Victims' advocates, mental health counselors from East Central Behavioral Health and school counselors were on campus to talk with students.

The crash of the Chevrolet Trailblazer happened at East 38th Avenue and Penrith Road just before 4 p.m. Tuesday.

One of the injured was flown to University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora and the other two were taken to the same hospital by ambulance. The other two were pronounced dead at the scene.

The Colorado State Patrol said drugs and alcohol are not suspected in the crash, but the SUV was speeding and lost control on the dirt road, flipping several times.

Clifford's mother, Amanda Williams, posted on Facebook that her son was in critical condition and had been in surgery for several hours.