In the days following the deaths of Logan Deardorff, 18 and Shelby D. Johnson, 17, members of the Tecumseh Public Schools community continue the healing process.
The Tecumseh High School students died from injuries in a traffic accident in Shawnee over the weekend so extra counselors have been available to students this week.
According to Tecumseh Public Schools Superintendent Tom Wilsie, students, teachers and faculty still mourn the two teenagers but the opportunity to be with friends and reminisce has made the initial shock wear off.
"You get more into talking about happy times (with the two) and as we move through the week I think we'll begin to get back to normal," Wilsie said.
On Sunday and Monday evenings, friends, family and members of the community gathered to honor Logan and Shelby. These events, Wilsie said, have helped with the healing process.
Also on Monday Tecumseh High School had 12-14 counselors available to speak with and console students.
"Some were school counselors but most of them were private counselors who volunteered so we were very happy they decided to do that for us," Wilsie said.
In addition to volunteer counseling, Wilsie said other sites in the district provided food and drinks to students at THS.
Throughout the week, THS students have helped and continue to raise money for the Johnson and Deardorff families to help pay for funeral services and other such expenses.
Wilsie said the administration hopes to help everyone move forward and will monitor students as the days draw closer to Logan and Shelby's funerals.
Visitation for Logan will be Sunday, Feb. 3 from 1 to 7 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home and the service will be 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4 at FireLake Arena with Reverend Will Wilson, New Hope Baptist Church, and Vance Bowman officiating.
Visitation for Shelby is 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, with family greeting friends 5 to 7 p.m. at Cooper Funeral Home. Service will be 11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 2 at Tecumseh High School Alumni Building with Pastor James Eustace of Faith Community Church in Shawnee officiating.