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Families of Seminole, Largo students killed in April crash thank community

Thanks for support in a time of tragedy

The families of the three Seminole High School students, Nate Richardson, Joey Ruzecki and Keith MacCollom and of Largo High School student LeShawn Smith, who perished in the auto accident in Seminole on April 10, would like to extend our sincere thanks to our Seminole community. Your outpouring of love and support has helped us tremendously.

Our gratitude is extended to those who were first on the scene to offer assistance to our boys, to the dedicated EMS, firefighter and the law enforcement units that responded with such care. We appreciate the diligence and assistance of the administration and faculty of Seminole High School who reached out to the overwhelming number of students who came to the scene, opening the school in the early morning hours to allow the students to comfort each other and grieve after learning about the fate of their four friends. Also, our thanks to Seminole High for the beautiful candlelight vigil and baseball memorial services allowing our healing to begin. To Largo High School for their memorial. Our thanks also to the Seminole Middle School Band and Bauder Elementary for the dedications and memorials in the weeks that followed.

We appreciate the care and support of the pastors from Indian Rocks Baptist Church who were on the scene and have continued to give guidance, and to the church itself for allowing three of the services to be held there. We ask the community to continue to pray and offer support for Corey Lepore, who survived this tragic accident.

Our deepest gratitude and thanks to all our neighbors, friends and co-workers who offered their love, support, prayers and condolences to our families. Thank you to Bryn Allen photo studio and to Michaels arts and crafts for the beautiful framed portraits of Keith, Joey and Nate that were at the candlelight vigil.

A special thank you from Nate's family to Seminole Vice Mayor Bob Matthews for the funding of the memorial fishing trophy for the West Coast Anglers tarpon tournament, and to the SHS baseball team, coaches and parents for the team portrait, flowers and centerfield signs erected in Nate's memory.

We especially appreciate the outpouring of love and support from the friends of our boys; we will always cherish the memories you have shared with us of your four wonderful friends. Thank you all so very much for lifting us up in our time of need.

Diane Richardson, on behalf of the families of Joey, Keith, Nate, LeShawn and Corey, Seminole

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Robert B. Fleming, St. Petersburg

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Families of Seminole, Largo students killed in April crash thank community 07/11/09 [Last modified: Saturday, July 11, 2009 4:30am]
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