Back to School After Homecoming Tragedy

By: Heather Waliga
By: Heather Waliga

It was the first day back to school for students at East Gadsden High School after a homecoming tragedy.

Sixteen-year-old Chrystal Riley was hit and killed by a driver after the school's homecoming game Friday night.

She was in the football stadium parking lot when a teenager, allegedly driving a stolen car, hit at least six other vehicles and then ran over her before fleeing the scene.

Police caught the suspect five hours later.

Counselors from a faith-based ministry came to the school Monday morning to talk with Chrystal's classmates.

The school administration says they are doing everything they can to help students deal with their loss.

"Any student that wants to come in and go to the guidance, by all means, we've got available to them. We know it's a hard situation and we want to give them more opportunities to be successful so they can move past this," says East Gadsden High School Assistant Principal Ronnie Williams.

The driver of that vehicle was 16-year-old Demetrius Kirkland.

Chrystal's mother, Cynthia Riley was also struck.

She is in stable condition at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.


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