CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Two teens were killed and another was injured early Sunday in a head-on collision near Marmet.
Both drivers, Mason Roush and Cody Perdue, were pronounced dead at the scene. Roush was a recent Riverside High School graduate. Perdue was a student there.
Kirsten Young, another Riverside student who was a passenger in Perdue's vehicle, was taken to a hospital. Young's status could not be confirmed Sunday afternoon, though a school official said she was expected to recover.
The two pickup trucks collided at about 1 a.m. as one attempted to pass another vehicle on W.Va. 61 near Turnpike Ford.
Memorials and vigils were being planned as the Riverside community mourned the losses.
Valery Harper, Riverside High School principal, said she knew something wasn't right when she turned on her phone Sunday morning. After finding out what happened, Harper reached out to the students' family members to see what the school could do.
Community members plan to gather at the Marmet Ballfield at 8 tonight for a vigil. The school plans to hold another vigil at 6:45 p.m. Monday.
Harper said Perdue would be remembered for his sense of humor and Roush for his love for the outdoors.
"Cody was always just a funny kid. He was someone a lot of people wanted to be around. He was good-natured," she said, later adding, "(Roush) was a big fisherman. He loved to be in the outdoors. He was just a good kid."
Young, Harper said, is a good-natured person. She said she hopes Young can find comfort in this difficult time.
"I remember seeing pictures of the two of them -- Kirsten and Perdue. They were a sweet couple," she said. "We are concerned for her as well over her injuries.
"Her injuries are going to heal but there's the pain of losing her boyfriend."
For now, Harper said the community and school must come together to get through the tragedy.
"Any time when a parent loses a child or a child loses a friend, it's a time where we have many questions that are hard to find the answers to," she said, later adding, "I would want to tell our current students that we love them and we're there for them."
The Riverside community has experienced plenty of tragedy over the past five months.
Patrick Petry, 16, died in a May all-terrain vehicle crash. Two months later, Colin Qualls, also 16, died in a car crash on Hughes Creek Road, according to Charleston Daily Mail archives. Four other teenagers were hospitalized with minor injuries in that crash.