Community remembers, honors students

The community of Winslow pulled together quickly to honor the two teenagers that died on Aug. 27.

The classmates and friends of Noe Cisneros and Bianca Enriquez rushed to organize a candlelight vigil at Vargas Field on the night of the accident. Everyone carried a candle and balloons were released into the night. Another vigil was held Sept. 1 at the site of the crash.

Wild Styles created T-shirts with photos of the teens, which began selling the Sunday after the accident.

At first, just the families of Noe and Bianca wanted shirts, but owner Krissy Croft said the store became packed with friends who wanted T-shirts made up with their favorite pictures of the kids.

“The kids who were close to Noe and Bianca were teary-eyed while they were talking about all the things they used to do together,” she said.

Croft said she doesn’t know how many shirts have been sold because orders keep coming in. The shirts come in two designs, though friends and family had their own personalized, and sell for $12. However, anyone wanting to help the families can pay $20 with the difference donated to them.

The Monday after the accident, Winslow High School brought in about a dozen counselors to help the students vent their grief, anger and other feelings related to the deaths of their classmates.

A few counselors will remain indefinitely, Principal Doug Watson said. A letter went home to all parents as well.

“It’s important to acknowledge the grief and the loss and also important to resume normality as quickly as we can,” Watson said.

The school cancelled Spirit Week with the exception of the Howdy Dance last Friday. Classes were cancelled Wednesday, though students could still meet with counselors. Student Council donated the proceeds from the dance to the families.

Council members also put up ribbons around the school and gave out others for students to wear.

The varsity football team observed a moment of silence before their game on the day of the accident. The Governing Board of the Winslow Unified School District also observed a moment of silence before their meeting last Wednesday.

There were three carloads of students who went to McHood Park for lunch on Friday, Aug. 27.

On the way back to school, the kids were passing each other at high speeds on Route 99.

Police reported the car that Amanda Guzman, Cisneros, Enriquez, Sammy Cereceres and Jonathan Beecroft were in was traveling more than 100 mph when it spun out of control and rolled several times.

Cereceres, 17, told his family he could see what was happening and pulled his seatbelt on but didn’t have time to fasten it. No one else was wearing a seatbelt, which resulted in most of the passengers being thrown from the car.

Enriquez and Cisneros died at the scene. They were both 15-years old.

Guzman suffered several broken bones, collapsed lungs and other serious injuries. She was taken to Flagstaff Medical Center where she is listed in fair condition. She turned 18 on Sept. 1.

Cereceres and Beecroft, 15, had minor injuries and were released from Winslow Memorial Hospital the day of the accident.

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