Bolton High Students Mourn Teen Killed in Crash

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Friends mourn the loss of their friend who died in a car crash early Saturday morning.

    A difficult week is beginning at Bolton High School after a 16-year-old student was killed in a crash over the weekend. 

    Cody Morra was killed and two other young men were injured in a crash on Saturday morning.

    Bolton Police said a Nissan carrying Morra, Kyle Christensen, 20, and Andrew Leardi, 16, traveled off West Street early Saturday morning and hit several trees.
     
    Police said Morra died at the scene, and Christensen and Leardi were taken to Hartford Hospital. Authorities identified Christensen as the driver.

    On Saturday evening, students organized a vigil at the high school to remember their deceased classmate and flowers have been placed at the side of West Street.

    Morra was a senior at Bolton High School. Christensen is a former Bolton student, and Leardi is a Bolton High junior.

    On Monday, grief counselors will be at the school.
     
    "Got right in my car and came out here. It's pretty upsetting," said William Davis, who is friends with all three victims.
     
    "You almost couldn't believe it. It's very surreal. Like even now you still can't believe it," said Austin Bernesoni, who knew them.
     
    In a letter informing parents of what happened, the superintendent said district personnel and grief counselors are available.

    "There will be district personnel and grief counselors available to students who need special attention and support... If you feel that your child or family needs some assistance, please contact us, and we will do everything we can to help you,"  said Superintendent Kristin B. Heckt.

    On Saturday evening, parents and classmates gathered at the high school to offer their thoughts and prayers for the three young men.

    "It's really hard seeing these three guys who grew up in this town, grew up with us, and it's so surreal to see that something happened to them," said Davis.
     
    Friends said Morra was going to Plymouth State University in New Hampshire to play lacrosse.
     
    Just a few weeks earlier he tweeted, "I'm glad I'll be able to look back when I'm older and say high school was awesome."
     
    "He was just so accepting towards everyone, and he just had a huge heart," said Alyssa Cleary, a Bolton High senior.
     
    "He could have done some big things with his life, and he's going to be greatly missed," said Davis.
     
    The cause of the crash remains under investigation.