Balloon release held for students killed in crash


St. Martinville Senior High School students held a balloon release today in memory of two students killed in a car crash last Friday.

Juniors and seniors gathered on the school’s football field, holding purple and gold balloons. On the count of three, they released them into the sky in remembrance of their fellow students killed in Friday’s crash.

I spoke with the girls’ basketball coach, the principal, and a student who was friends with both “KJ” and Dejanee.

Jerome Wiltz, the girls’ basketball coach, says, “They were great kids. We just had that relationship you know because it’s all about relationships.”

The head-on collision in St. Martin Parish claimed the lives of 18-year-old Kenneth J. Eaglin II and 18-year-old Dejanee Olivier, two St. Martinville Senior High School students.

One parent was also killed and four others, including a sophomore student, were hospitalized.

Even though today was the last school day for students, Principal Kevin Dugas would like all students to know school leaders are always there for them.

Dugas says, “Even though we’re kinda shutting down for the summer, I just want them to know our doors are always opened to them and always will be opened to them.”

One 12th grade student shares his thoughts on the balloon release and how much he misses both “KJ” and Dejanee.

Jeyln Kelley says, “It was the nicest thing ever I could imagine and I know he’s looking down happy for it, him and Dejanee. And I just want to say that I love them both and I miss y’all so much.”

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