Vigil Tonight for RHAM Senior Killed in Crash - NBC Connecticut

Vigil Tonight for RHAM Senior Killed in Crash

Students, community mourn fourth student death in less than a year.



    A RHAM senior, 18-year-old Garrett Campen, died in a car accident in Hebron on Wednesday morning. He's the fourth RHAM student to die within a year. (Published Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014)

    A vigil will be held tonight for a senior at RHAM High School who was killed in a crash in Hebron on Wednesday morning. 

    Garrett Campen, 18, of Andover, was driving south on Route 316 near the Hebron-Andover border and going around a curve when he lost control on the wet pavement just after 9:30 a.m., according to state police. 

    The car went off the wet road, spun and struck two large trees.

    Emergency crews performed CPR and Campen was transported to Windham Hospital, where he died, police said.

    Route 316 was closed at the Andover line as police investigated.

    It appears that Campen was heading to school when the crash happened. School officials said classes started late yesterday morning because of a professional development day.

    Friends said Campen was a popular student athlete who played football for the school.

    Counselors were brought in for students and staff and the school district crisis team planned a meeting. Counselors will also be offered at the elementary schools.

    "You could feel the sadness in the hallways," said Andrew Perez, a classmate who said Campen's death was an emotional blow to students and teachers alike.

    "The only thing we can do is push ahead and keep having RHAM pride," he added.

    A vigil open to students, staff, family members and community officials will be held Thursday at 9 p.m. in the high school auditorium, according to Superintendent Robert Siminski.

    Campen's death is one of several tragedies the RHAM community has dealt with over the last year.

    Paige Houston, a 17-year-old RHAM student from Amston, was killed in a crash in August.

    In June, Amanda Monington, a 15-year-old RHAM student, died in an accident at Enders State Forest in Granby.

    Students lost another classmate in October, when 16-year-old John Georgiades lost his battle with neuroblastoma.

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