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Grief Counselors On Hand at Tooele High

Grief Counselors On Hand at Tooele High

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Kim Johnson ReportingGrief counselors were on hand at Tooele High today, offering help to students coping with Friday night's deadly car accident. Four people, all from Tooele, died in the accident.

Investigators with the Utah Highway Patrol aren't finished with their accident report. But a UHP spokesman says they know who was driving the Mazda that crashed between Grantsville and Tooele: 21-year old Anthony Graham.

Grief Counselors On Hand at Tooele High

Graham, along with 16-year old Angele Aragon and brothers Eric and Brooks Martinez all died. Six other passengers, two of whom were riding in the trunk, survived. Anna Gonzales, a counselor for the Tooele School District, says she knew all four victims.

Anna Gonzales, Crisis Intervention counselor: “I worked with all of them when they were in junior high. I’ve counseled with them and I’ve worked with their parents.”

She says the counselor's role is not to advise, but to listen, and facilitate discussion.

Anna Gonzales, “They just want to be together, to hug each other and be close to each other and try to work through why this happened, because it's so unreal you know."

She says counselors are trained to observe anyone who might be so overcome with grief that they're at risk for suicide.

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