Corrigan High School mourns second death in three months

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Jillian Spaw and Victoria Foster. Photo source:
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CORRIGAN, TX (KTRE) - The halls are quieter Tuesday at Corrigan-Camden High School. Emptier without 16-year-old Victoria Michelle Foster.

"She was one of those students that she's beautiful on the inside and the out," said Principal Sherry Hughes. "Always smiling, bubbling personality, she was a joy to be around."

"She had goals set for her and to have this happen, it's just devastating for all of us and we're going to miss her dearly," said Neil Olsen, her history teacher.

Foster died Monday morning of injuries from a Sunday wreck.

According to DPS, Foster was driving a Mustang westbound on FM 1745 in Tyler County when she lost control of her car.

She ran off the road and into a tree.

Her passenger and friend, Jillian Elizabeth Spaw survived the crash with cuts and bruises.

Foster's teachers say she was active in school and church and a concurrent student at Angelina College. A bright student with a promising future.

"Outstanding student, irreplaceable," Olson said. "Students loved her and we're all pretty well mourning the loss of her."

The district has lost several students this year.

Just three months ago, 19-year-old Bradley Currie was killed in a head-on crash. He was a friend of Foster's.

"I've told them they can't do this by themselves," Hughes said. "We don't want them to do this by themselves."

Now, Hughes says they're leaning on each other to cope with the pain of losing their classmate.

"Everything has a reason and that we don't know the reason, but we would just like to remember her for how she is and remember the good times and maybe tell some funny stories," said counselor Sandy Burris. "Maybe let's think about the good things that went on and that seemed to help them today."

As tough as it is for the kids, their counselor says Tuesday, being together at school is the best way for them to heal.

"Always smiling, bubbling personality, she was a joy to be around," Hughes said.

"Any problem you had she would try her best to help you," CCHS Junior Martha Duran said. "She wasn't the type of person to hold anything back. She would tell you how it was and, well, now she's gone, but she will never be forgotten. She will be in my heart and I will cherish every memory I had with her. I love you, Victoria. We will see each other again and I know I have a wonderful angel looking after me, and helping me make all the right decisions in my life!"

"Victoria was one of the strongest persons I know, I could go to her whenever I needed someone to talk to," CCHS Junior Caitlin Whittington said. "She's not the type of person to talk about you behind your back, she's straight up and will let you know what she feeling, that's what made victoria unique. She was a sweet person that was able to make anyone laugh! Even though we can't see her here today I know she's still here watching over us! And hopefully guiding over me! Thanks for being there for me when I needed you, I love you Victoria! We all love you!"

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