Tuesday, September 2 2014, 05:56 PM EDT
Murray County Students Start the School Year with Heavy Hearts
Grief counselors greeted students for the first day of school in Murray county.
"I feel sorry for those kids who will have to start school with out those kids," said Brittany Davenport, who was dropping off her daughter across the street from the high school for pre-k.
A small community tucked in the the North Georgia mountains is still dealing with the loss of life from last week.
" It was really sad and I hate what happened," said Davenport.
Three teenagers died after a car crashed into a Dalton city worker who was cutting grass killing him as well. A fourth person was also taken to the hospital and later released.
"We were devastated when we learned what happened," said Stephanie Dotson, who was also dropping her daughter off for the first day of school.
"We're a small town where everybody knows your name and so it really hit us hard," said Dotson.
She says she's close to one family directly affected by the crash on CCC Camp road.
"My heart goes out to the students and faculty as they go back and certainly to the families who've lost loved ones."
As buses of students unload at Murray County high school, three crosses stand where River Sosbee, Joshua Roberts, and Chelsie Hullender were killed.
The parents we spoke with say the tragedy on the road serves as a learning opportunity for their own small children.
"I want to teach my child that they have to take precautions all the time," said Davenport.
Dotson says its an unfortunate reminder of how quickly life can change.
"Never take one second for granted," said Dotson, with her eyes beginning to water, "hug the ones you love close tight everyday."
By Drew Bollea