Sunday, June 18, 2006

1,600 recall the lives of four who drowned on a class trip

From left to  right: Brett Carlson, Jessica Pierce, Danielle Tongier and Andrew Harpstrite. Photos by the Wichita EagleBY AMANDA O'TOOLE
The Wichita Eagle

PARSONS - The balloons drifting over Parson's blue skies had a special significance. The pink ones were for Danielle Tongier.

The purple for Jessica Pierce.

The red for Andrew Harpstrite.

The blue for Brett Carlson.

Friends and relatives of the three students and teacher at Labette County High School watched as the balloons were released following a memorial to celebrate their lives Friday in Parsons.

All four drowned off the coast of Costa Rica on June 9 while they were on a class trip. Rescue crews pulled the bodies of the youths from the churning Pacific waters shortly after the incident; Spanish teacher Brett Carlson's body was recovered Friday.

Eight students who were also on the trip planned the service and each took a few moments to recall memories of their friends to a packed audience of about 1,600 people in the Municipal Auditorium.

Their messages were positive, sometimes funny and always clear: the four who died were good people and good friends.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The blue balloon for Brett Carlson, is ironically the one of the two colors of the flag of Sweden, due to his Swedish heritage! Farvel, Swede!

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