HOPKINS COUNTY, Texas (KETK) – The Como-Pickton ISD community is in mourning after the sudden death of a high school student.

16-year-old Hannah Pegues died from her injuries sustained in a car crash this week, according to the district.

On Monday, Hannah, her mother Jessica Pegues and her 9-year-old sister Adalyn Pegues were in a three-vehicle crash. Jessica and Adalyn were seriously injured, and the wreck happened on highway 11 at fm 69 in Como.

“I’ve lost friends. I’ve lost best friends. I’ve lost family, but (I) felt like she was one of my kids. She felt like she was a part of my family,” said Trevor Wallace, Pegues softball coach.

Superintendent Dr. Greg Bower released a letter about the tragedy on social media.

“All of us at Como-Pickton CISD, faculty and students alike, were both shocked and overcome with grief at the untimely passing of our Hannah Pegues. Hannah was a student of whom we all thought highly; a young lady to whom we pointed with pride as a student at our school.

Dr. Greg Bower

While Como-Pickton ISD works to heal from this loss, other schools districts around the area are paying tribute to Pegues by wearing blue in solidarity.

“It’s meaningful. It is impactful you know, whenever your heart is overwhelmed and loaded with grief seeing the community out reach like that even just a little bit lightens your heart,” said Bower.

Various counselors and ministers are being made available to students and staff, according to the letter. Bower wrote, “The loss of a child is one of life’s greatest sorrows. When it is someone of the quality of Hannah, it is a real tragedy for us all.”

The rest of the statement can be found here.

If you would like to donate to a GoFundMe created for the Pegues Family, click below.