Davis County honor student arrested in deaths of 2 younger brothers
"We let the students know there were some deaths of some school-aged children in our community, and that our hearts and thoughts go out to them and that family. And also talked to the students about avoiding the rumor-mill types of situations and let the investigators do their work to figure out what happened," said Principal Jed Johansen.
While some students sought out the grief counselors, Williams said that overall, not many students at the school seemed to have known the teen.
Grief counselors were also at Lakeside Elementary where the 10-year-old victim attended school as a fourth-grader. One of his other siblings, who was not injured, is a sixth-grader at Lakeside.
The father of the family is on active military duty and had been in Alabama. He was notified of the situation and was returning to Utah Thursday. Richardson said he was understandably "very devastated."
Deputies removed the yellow crime scene tape surrounding the house about 1 p.m. Thursday and the last police vehicle drove off, releasing the crime scene back to the family.
The incident left both Davis County sheriff's investigators and the quiet neighborhood in shock.
"West Point is just a quiet area. Not that many people even know it exists," said Durrwachter.
Many neighbors said they saw the victims frequently outside playing or riding bikes around the neighborhood. Durrwachter said the neighborhood is at its busiest when the school bus drops off the many neighborhood children in the afternoon.
"They were definitely a very positive family," she said. "Sweet, sweet family. Our kids played together. They walked up and down our streets, rode bikes."
She also had high praise for the boys' mother.
"They were happy, energetic kids. You must take a million cups of coffee just to keep up. She just took it all in stride. There was nothing that woman couldn't do with her kids. She is absolutely amazing," Durrwachter said.
A makeshift memorial was created in front of the victims' house Thursday, with people dropping off flowers, balloons and teddy bears.
Kyler Eggerman, 13, left a note for his friend, the 10-year-old victim.
"I just really felt bad because every morning he would say hi to me, and he really like me and I really liked him, and he was really nice and I just feel real bad that that happened," he said. "We rode the bus together and when we were in the hallways we'd say hi to each other, and he was just really excited when I was around him."
Durrwachter also left flowers on the sidewalk as a symbol of the boys for their grieving mother.
"I just figured there's not much really we can do. Something bad happens, they make you a casserole or they send you a gift card or something. I think the flowers we left them are a symbol of what they were when they were here and that I hope that she will remember that and keep it in her," she said. "I just want her to know we love her kids as much as I love mine. And I wish there was more we could do."
Richardson said the case is also difficult for his deputies, and something they will have a hard time not taking home with them.
"This is very taxing on our deputies. Most of our deputies are seasoned officers as well as paramedics, but when you have things like this happen, it taxes them on both ends. You've seen a lot of things, but it's really hard to go in there and come out with a smile on your face," he said.
Contributing: McKenzie Romero
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