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Community continues to mourn after Bolton student's death


Grief counselors were at Bolton High School on Monday as students returned to class following the death of a classmate.

Cody Morra, 18, was killed early Saturday morning when the car he was riding in lost control along Route 85 in Bolton and struck several trees.

"For a kid like Cody who wants to be friends with everyone and involved in school, this is just devastating," said Lindsay Wasserman, a Bolton High School senior.

Morra was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver, 20-year-old Kyle Christensen, and another passenger, 16-year-old Andrew Leardi, were both rushed to an area hospital for treatment. Both remained in the hospital on Monday.

Morra, a senior and lacrosse player, was due to graduate in a couple of weeks.

"I have a younger brother who is friends with Cody, in the same year as him, and it's just heartbreaking something like that could happen to them, someone their age," said Lindsey Parker, of Bolton.

A memorial grew throughout the weekend at the crash scene. Students stayed there for hours Sunday and contributed to it on Monday.

"I think that's what these memorials do, they allow these teens to share their grief and find comfort knowing that other people are grieving in other ways," said Dr. Laura Saunders, a psychologist.

A vigil that was presented by the town was held over the weekend, which was attended by students, members of the community and Morra's parents, sister and relatives. 

"I feel for his sister, that's where my condolences come in. She is going to be aching for the loss of her brother," said friend Chatham Francis. "The loss really hit me. My sister is my whole world and she felt that for her brother."

Counselors will be at the school throughout the week to help students and others cope with the loss. School Superintendent Kristen Heckt said "counseling is taking place. It will last as long as students need it."

"It is so important to get back to the routines of their life, get back to school, get back to sports and do things with friends that feel comforting," said Saunders. "Very often with those close to the person, those people do bond together."

Saunders also said parents should look for prolonged signs of grief, especially if it's over a few weeks.

"Look for changes in their children and to be able to have a dialogue with them if they see some prolonged stress reaction," she said.

Police are looking at whether speed may have been a factor. However, the official cause of the crash remains under investigation at this time.

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