FORT COLLINS COLORADOAN - Hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil at Fort Collins High School on Monday night, less than 72 hours after one of the school's science teachers and her husband were killed in a crash on Interstate 25.
The mourners — many of whom were FCHS students — laid flowers in a makeshift memorial at the base of the school's tower and slipped donations into a box for the couple's daughter. Then, they grabbed candles and waited for the sun to set.
One young man weaved through the crowd and offered tissues.
Genevieve Sommerveld, 30, and Jared Sommervold, 34, were traveling south on I-25 Friday night with their young daughter strapped into a car seat in the back of their vehicle. For unknown reasons, the driver veered and then over-corrected. Both adults were thrown from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. Their daughter was not seriously injured.
FCHS students grappling with the sudden loss of their teacher decided to organize the vigil Monday. The school's student government officers and peer counselors, among others, called local churches to ask for candle donations.
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