Argyle School To Host Funerals For Boys Killed in Crash

By: Dana Brueck Email
By: Dana Brueck Email

"The school's open as late as people want to stay," counselor and assistant principal Janet West says.

A school community is coming together in support of each other -- and of two families mourning the loss of two young lives.

A car crash sometime early Saturday morning claimed the lives of the two young men. Tuesday marks the first day back at school for classmates in Argyle, where the crash occurred.

Argyle is a small school district. The senior class has fewer than 30 students. It lost one student this past weekend, but it's found a way to come together for the families.

"I said I just want the school open," West says.

Argyle High School opened its doors Saturday after news of a deadly crash broke hearts in this small Lafayette County community.

"When I first heard about it, I was shocked. I've been here 15 years and this will be our first death," she says.

Investigators say 16-year-old Bryant Gabioud died when he lost control of his vehicle coming out of a curve on Lake Road, northwest of county highway N, near Argyle. His passenger, 17-year-old Grant Berg also died in the crash. It was discovered around seven o'clock Saturday morning by an ice fisherman.

"Everybody knows everybody here. And for these two students, they had been here since day one."

Here is where classmates will say goodbye to Gabioud -- a farmer at heart.

"Bryant loved farming, hunting, fishing. Nature was very dear to him," West says.

Berg is remembered as a talented athlete who also served as an office aid, bringing with him a great sense of humor.

"We could pick on him, he could pick back. It was nice," West says.
Both funerals will take place at the school, which West says, seems natural for a small, tight community, where nearly everyone has a fond memory to put down on paper.

"Some kids were here since Saturday working on posters, writing letters," she says.

Investigators say neither young man was wearing a seat belt.

Some family doubt whether it would've helped, but the sheriff's office considers speed a factor in the crash.

"It's a good reminder for everybody to take that with you," West says.

Funerals take place on Thursday. Meanwhile, the sheriff's office is continuing to investigate how the crash happened.

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