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Gretna community gathers to mourn teens killed in crash

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Posted at 9:54 PM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 12:43:43-04

GRETNA, Neb. (KMTV) -- — A service to pray for those impacted by four teen girls killed in a crash.

Hundreds packed the St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Gretna on Tuesday evening coming together as a community in mourning.

Four girls, believed to be 15 and 16 years old pronounced dead at the scene of a late Monday night crash, another taken to the hospital with burns.

Their identities haven't been released, but they were students at Gretna High School. Fellow teens leaving flowers, keepsakes, and memories on three vehicles left in the high school parking lot.

The Gretna Public Schools Superintendent asked that KMTV not interview people still coping with the loss at the church, but we were allowed to be part of the gathering.

"From time to time we will recall the pain of the loss of these 4 girls and we will remember the tears and sadness of their family, of this community,” said Pastor Gary Werling with Good Shephard Lutheran Church.

Pastors from multiple churches in Gretna decided to hold the service as one.

Grief counselors and pastors will be at Gretna High School on Wednesday starting at 8am for students who want to come by.

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