Our view: A community grieves
These past two weeks have brought grim news to Woodbury.
Residents were stunned on Oct. 11 to learn that Woodbury resident Anthony Dehaven and his two children were found dead in a burned-out recreational vehicle at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. We later learned that federal investigators suspect Dehaven shot the children and set fire to the RV before shooting himself.
Things got worse last week when word spread that two Woodbury teens were critically injured in a crash in Afton after the SUV they were in collided with a vehicle carrying three small children. While the adult driver and passengers in the second vehicle were spared serious injury, the same couldn't be said for the Woodbury teens - both students at East Ridge High School. The passenger, 18-year-old Braedon Hyland, succumbed to his injuries last week. The driver, Blake Sowle, 17, remains in critical condition.
Our hearts go out to those who knew and loved all three of the young people who died. We only hope that one day the broken hearts can begin to mend and the sorrow will someday fade.
We may never know what led to the tragedies in Arizona or Afton - a possibility that will make it more difficult for those in the grieving process.
We know those left grieving include hundreds of students between East Ridge and Woodbury high schools. While schools generally provide excellent access to grief counselors and psychologists, we know not all young people may seek out the help, or won't realize they need help getting through stormy feelings until weeks or months later.
We remind parents that help is - and will be - available, if needed.
Here are some crisis hotline numbers provided by Washington County:
- Washington County Mental Health Crisis Line: 651-777-4455
- Crisis Connection: 612-379-6363
- Human Services Inc. mental health crisis clinic: 651-777-5222
- Center for Grief: 651-641-0177
- Washington County Youth Depression Awareness and Suicide Prevention: www.wacydasp.org