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School Honors Three Classmates at Graduation

Eagle Point High School students celebrated a milestone while mourning the loss of their classmates. Faculty says this celebration was bittersweet.

Posted: Jun. 8, 2018 10:11 PM

EAGLE POINT, Ore.- Tonight more than 200 students walked across the stage to graduate without Luciana Tellez, Gisselle Montano, and Esmeralda Nava who were killed in a wrong-way crash.

In the commencement program, the school writes, "Gisselle, Luciana, and Esmeralda always had smiles on their faces, were beautiful women, and friends to everone. Where you saw one you saw three. Where ever there was a baile (dance), you could find them present."

Eagle Point's Superintendent says the entire school honored the three young women tonight, adding "It's a big accomplishment and it's what we strive for with all of our students. And we are missing three of our senior graduates. That leaves a hole in everybody's heart. And I think it's probably like I say felt across the board."

Students were able to wear white roses as a way to remember the girls. Classmates write in the commencement pamphlet, they'll always remember "Gisselle's contagious laugh, Lucy's confident strength, and Esmeralda's positive sass."

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