Community devastated as Frazee wrestler passes awayFrazee, MN (WDAY TV) - An entire community is grieving the loss tonight of a 17 year-old Frazee Vergas student who died after a car accident last month. On November 18th, the junior who was a member of the wrestling team lost control of his car, and went into an icy pond where authorities believe he was submerged for about 20 minutes.
By: Danielle Miller, WDAY
An entire community is grieving the loss tonight of a 17 year-old Frazee Vergas student who died after a car accident last month. On November 18th, the junior who was a member of the wrestling team lost control of his car, and went into an icy pond where authorities believe he was submerged for about 20 minutes.
We went to Frazee High School after the awful news came in and students we spoke to were too upset to comment on camera. They say there was a lot of crying in the hallways this afternoon. We spoke to Superintendent Chuck Cheney who says he and other staff members thought this story would have had a much better ending.
The news about Myrel's passing came in this afternoon and spread quickly, making for a difficult day for friends and teachers at Frazee High School. Superintendent Chuck Cheney held a meeting with teachers and counselors to prepare for the rough days ahead.
Chuck Cheney – Frazee Superintendent: “It hit us very hard, and hit many of our students with a great deal of power and the rest of the day was very difficult for kids.”
The news first broke on the families caring bridge site, when Myrel's dad wrote, "This is the proudest Dad in the world, but I’m sad to say Myrel lost this match."
Since that post at 12:44 PM, hundreds of family, friends, and even strangers post their sympathy and sadness about the news. Tens of thousands have followed his story.
On this site they learned Myrel faced complications over the last several days, including a partially collapsed lung and kidney issues. It's been a difficult journey for students. Cheney says he will do what it take to insure the students and family are given all the support possible.
Chuck Cheney: “We are not setting up for opportunities for kids to be able to find counseling tomorrow and to continue to go through their grieving process, and deal with the issues in their own way. We have a lot of support that is coming to us now this afternoon and tomorrow and in future days.”
“Pray for Myrel” posters still hang throughout the school on lockers and near the wrestling room. The next couple of days will be tough for the students and faculty as they try to win their match against a heavy heart.
The school cancelled wrestling practice tonight. Cheney said it's too early to know any details about any memorials set up and a funeral, but he will keep us informed with any updates.