AGRA, Okla. — Agra high school students and community members attended a gathering Wednesday evening to cope with the deaths of two area teens.
Both had ties to the school, officials said.
Grady McIntire, 19, of Tryon and Callie Mainus, 18, of Agra died after their pickups collided south of Perkins on State Highway 177 Tuesday evening. An investigating trooper attributed the crash to unsafe speed a rain-slick road.
McIntire had attended Agra High School for his freshman year and Mainus graduated last year, Principal Joe McElroy said. The school has 115 students.
Crash survivor Blake Beard, 18, attended Wednesday's gathering and the first day of school on Thursday, said McElroy. According the hospital officials, Beard was discharged to go home Wednesday evening.
Blake, a running back on the high school's football team, was riding in Mainus' pickup the night of the collision and was admitted to Stillwater Medical Center with head and upper body injuries the night of the crash.
McElroy said Beard has a network of supporters for him if he needs anything. He added Beard was up and walking around campus without any obvious injuries.
Coach Mark Bingham said the rest of the football team is struggling with the loss as many of them knew the victims.
McElroy said the school dining area was packed at 6 p.m. as he, Bingham, Superintendent Bradley Richards and pastors addressed attendees. Parents, pastors and counselors helped answer questions and spoke with students.
"It was a time of healing," McElroy said, adding nearly everyone in the small town knew Mainus. He added that the deaths were a tragic loss for the community.
"Our condolences go out to all the families involved," McElroy said. "We are very sorry for their loss."
Perkins-Tryon Principal Jeff Colclasure said McIntire had attended the school at one time and grieving students had the school counselor and psychologist to speak with them if they wished.
Mainus had planned to continue her education beyond high school. Brian Adler, associate vice president of public relations and marketing at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, said Mainus was an incoming freshman to the school.