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TERRELL Terrell is trying to come to grips with the sudden and violent deaths of three girls.

They were struck by a car Friday evening while trying to Cross State Highway 34, which bisects their neighborhood.

Grief counselors were at Terrell High School and Furlough Middle School Monday to provide comfort for friends and classmates.

We have a difficult day, said THS Principal Tina Schutz with a sigh. We have counselors coming from around the district and will be in all of the classrooms.

Two of the victims in Friday night's tragedy were freshmen at THS: Viridiana Arco, 14, and her friend 16-yr-old Ana Segura.

It's going to be a sad day, said sophomore Mallory Halpin. Three died, and one goes to my little brother's school.

Ana's younger sister Jacqueline was also killed in the wreck. She was a seventh-grader at nearby Furlough Middle School.

Teachers and students turned Furlough's front lobby into an impromptu memorial for all three victims Monday morning, filled with handwritten cards, poems, flowers, photos and teddy bears.

Funeral arrangements for the three dead students were pending. The high school's International Club has set up a fund to raise money for the families.

Terrell police returned to the scene of the accident Monday morning continuing their investigation, along with representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation.

Before the fatal accident, neighborhood residents had complained to officials about the absence of crosswalks, speed limit signs and street lighting along the four-lane divided road on Terrell's north side that opened earlier this year.

No charges are expected against the driver who struck the three girls.

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