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October 1, 2013

Barr-Reeve community mourns Wagler death

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School officials did take some special steps to try and help the students. "As soon as we found out we contacted the staff," explained Doyle. "We began our morning with a moment of silence for Brandon, and also brought in ministers and counselors. They were in the cafeteria. We also held some sessions with members of the basketball and baseball team that were close to him. We also tried to meet with some of the students who are close to his sister. We just gave them an opportunity to talk with the counselors or the staff."

The Barr-Reeve community is not just small, but tight-knit. Wagler made a big impact during his time there. "The students weren't the only one affected, so were the members of the staff," said Doyle. "It's been tough."

"He was just a great kid," added Hughes. "His death touched students, staff, the community. Everyone handles grief differently. There's a lot of shock involved. They can't believe it. He was a friend to a lot of kids."

Now, the school remembers Brandon Wagler. "Brandon was a special person," said Doyle. "He was the kind of kid you would want your own kid to grow up to be like. Great student, great athlete, but an even better person."

"He was one of those unique kids," added Hughes. He helped me be a better coach and a better person."

The next step will be to help those he touched move forward. "We've lost a lot," said Hughes. "Everyone is trying to deal with it in thir own way. The hallways are as quiet as I've ever seen."

"We want to make sure we have the support for them here," said Doyle. "Our kids are grieving, hurting. They're getting through it together. Our hearts and prayers go out to the Randy Wagler family. The thing that gives me solace is this is a strong community. The people in this community will come together for the family."

School officials say they expect several students to be absent on Wednesday when funeral services are being held for Wagler.

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