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Classmates grieve loss of friend

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RICHLAND, Wash.— Family, friends and now classmates are grieving the loss of Rybeca Conner, the 16-year-old girl who died in a mobile home fire Saturday morning.

Counselors were brought to Richland High School, where Conner was a student, to guide the students in the healing process.

"We had quite a good response from the ESD and other schools in our district sent counselors to the Richland High so that there were plenty of counselors on hand," says Steve Agaard, Richland School District.

After any tragic event, Agaard says it is protocol that they give students an outlet.  He says each student reacts differently.

"We have enough counselors on hand and they're trained to be able to help students with the grieving process and staff for that matter," says Agaard.

Friends say Rybecca was a ball of sunshine, a straight ‘A' student and had just gotten her license. 

"That kid was so smart and she was so good with the kids.  She was a good girl," says Christopher Hill, family friend.

An autopsy shows Rybeca died of smoke inhalation.  Toxicology results are expected to be complete in about 8 weeks.  The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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