Students wear black in honor of fallen classmate

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SALT LAKE CITY — Teenagers at Brighton High School are wearing black in honor of one of their classmates killed in an ATV accident over the weekend.

Jeremy Bryant, 16, had a wide variety of friends and was extremely outgoing, said those close with Bryant. The news of his death, however, touched deeper to the core for those closest to him.

"You can tell by how much black they're wearing," said classmate Jeremy Leavitt, describing the mood at school Monday. "They're just kind of down, even when their personalities are really outgoing."

Bryant was an experienced ATV rider, but died Saturday afternoon while riding his ATV at the Little Sahara Recreation area. He drove over a 20-foot sand dune, crashing and breaking his neck. Officials said he was wearing a helmet at the time.

Our hearts go out to the Bryant family. We're all praying for you, hoping you're doing all right.

–Jeremy Leavitt

"Through the spring break, you watch the news, you watch all these accidents that happen and your heart stops for a minute, because all the kids are important to us, and you want them all to come back safe," said Brighton High principal Charisse Hilton.

Hilton said counselors will attend to every one of Bryant's classes to help students deal with the loss of their classmate.

Friends said Jeremy was a young man who brought a smile to nearly everyone's face, infusing a shot of energy into those he was close to. Friends said he died doing what he loved.

"Our hearts go out to the Bryant family," Leavitt said. "We're all praying for you, hoping you're doing all right."

Bryant's family plans to hold his funeral on Friday.


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