Story by WVUA 23’s Lacey Beasley

Following the death of two Demopolis High School band students, Friday night’s football game against the Central High Falcons was postponed to Saturday at 11 a.m. What is normally a cheerful, loud setting was a somber event. The stands were nearly empty, and neither teams brought their bands.

Demopolis High School dismissed early Friday at 11:30 a.m. By 3 p.m., first responders were called to the scene where three students were in the water. One was saved, and the other two perished.

Friday night, students gathered in the band room and field house, mourning the loss of their friends.

“At the band room, we probably had 100 community members and students, and we were there probably until 9 o’clock, just supporting these kids, praying with them, just helping them go through this process,” said Kyle Kallhoff, superintendent of Demopolis City Schools.

As Demopolis High School grieves the loss of two students, the community came together to support the families and friends.

“If this had happened at a bigger town, you’d kinda been dealing with it on your own, but here it’s not that way,” said Alex Braswell, parent of a Demopolis High School student. “People from all over have been bringing food to the teams, to the band.”

On Friday, there were 200 to 300 people at the landing where the students drowned, hugging.

“I don’t know how you could get through something like this, especially as a teenager, without such a strong community of just love,” Braswell said.

The deaths are still being investigated.

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