Updated:DECATUR, Ga. — Southwest DeKalb High School band member Carmen McBride died after a crash on Friday night, according to the DeKalb Police Department. Students held a vigil to honor her at a football game the following night.
Four band members were driving down Kelley Chapel Road after band practice Friday when they crashed at about 8:30 p.m., DeKalb police spokesman Jason Gagnon said. McBride's older brother, Myles, was driving the group in a Mazda Protege, Gagnon said. He said Myles, 17, swerved to avoid a dog in the road and crashed into oncoming Lexus.
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McBride, 14, was taken to Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Eggleston, where she died upon arrival, Gagnon said. He said Myles was taken to Atlanta Medical Center with serious injuries, but became stable.
The two other passengers were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital for head injuries, Gagnon said. He said they were both in critical condition.
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Several students wore black at the high school's Saturday night football game. Grief counselors were available for students prior the game. They held a moment of silence prior to the game, and a vigil afterward.
"We are in a state of grief and shock," said Southwest DeKalb principal Angela Bethea in a news release. "They are all great kids and good students, and the seniors are leaders at our school. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families."