CATOOSA, Okla. - Catoosa High School teachers and students are mourning a sophomore who died over the weekend.
Marissa Marquez, 16, was a passenger of a car that got into an accident on Interstate 44 near 129th East Avenue Friday.
The principal and students at Catoosa told FOX23 Monday was a very difficult day. It was only the second week of school for students and now they are dealing with this tragedy.
The pictures of the accident show how severe the crash was. FOX23 reported about the accident Friday. Marquez died from her injuries the following day at St. Francis Hospital.
“It’s a tragedy we have here at the high school and we’re just saddened,” said Peaster.
Catoosa Principal Darren Peaster said Marquez was a sophomore and loved by many.
“A great kid, we’re going to miss her greatly and deeply,” said Peaster.
The high school’s website shows Marquez was an honor roll student. Peaster said she was also a part of the schools choir and flag team.
As news of her death spread over the weekend, school officials made sure 10 counselors and pastors were at the school Monday morning to help students grieve.
“To make sure they are taken care of spiritually, emotionally, to go through the grieving processes. I know I want to respect their feeling and emotions as well as the parents and family,” said Peaster.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol told FOX23 the accident happened when the car Marquez was in was struck by other car whose driver wasn’t paying attention to slowing traffic, causing a chain reaction on I-44 the led to the four-car crash.