SLEEPY?EYE - Students coping with the deaths of four young people in a horrific traffic accident on Friday evening near Sleepy Eye can gather in the public school gymnasium this morning to share their loss and to meet with counselors and clergy.
The event starts at 10 a.m. and continues until noon. Classes are not in session due to an in-service day for teachers. The event is optional for students who feel the need to talk with professionals.
Residents continue to reel from the loss of the lives of three community members and a fourth friend who attended school in Springfield.
"The tragic accident which occurred Friday evening has left an impact on the Sleepy Eye community. My condolences go out to the families of these young men. I am proud of our community and staff that have helped in this time of need," said Sleepy Eye Superintendent John Cselovszki.
The public school gymnasium will host visitations for two of the accident victims on Tuesday.
The visitation for John Mangen, a 2013 graduate of Sleepy Eye High School who was attending Minnesota State University in Mankato, will be from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday.
The visitation for Tyler Hadley, a 2012 graduate of SEHS, starts at 4 p.m.
A visitation for Caleb Quesenberry takes place from 4-7 p.m. today at the Sturm Funeral Home in Springfield.
Funeral services for Mangen, Hadley and Quesensberry have been scheduled at their churches. Funeral information is available in their obituaries on page 5A.
Services for Payton Adams, 17, of Sleepy Eye, have not been announced. Kansas Adams, his 19-year-old brother and driver of the car, was listed in critical condition Sunday, according to an Associated Press report that cited Trudy Marshall, spokeswoman for the North Memorial Medical Center.
Cselovszki said he saw Hadley and Mangen Thursday night in Mankato at the high school girls' basketball playoff game against Lester Prairie.
"They were outstanding members of our community and participated in various events," the superintendent said, "We enjoyed having them, and it's really a tragic loss for our school and our community," he told the Associated Press.
The accident occurred when the car they were riding in lost control on an icy highway near Sleepy Eye and veered into the path of an oncoming pickup truck Friday night. Four others were injured.