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Classmates Grieving For Dead Teen After Snowboarding Accident

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On Monday, NBC Right Now visited Columbia Middle School where the hallways and the sidewalks have become a memorial to a deceased classmate. On Monday, NBC Right Now visited Columbia Middle School where the hallways and the sidewalks have become a memorial to a deceased classmate.

BURBANK, WA - On Monday, NBC Right Now visited Columbia Middle School where the hallways and the sidewalks have become a memorial to a deceased classmate.

A sea of colorful chalk, words of love and thanks covered the sidewalks around the school. Just hours after finding out one of their own classmates had passed, their school became a place to reflect on their time with Hunter Conner.

"This is the first time they're experiencing a loss like this. Some have experienced losses before but a big variety of them...this is the first time they've ever experienced it," said Grief Counselor Dana Camarena. "There's a place where they can come that's safe and they can express their feelings."

We were there when Conner's parents came to the school Monday morning. They were shown the memorial wall at the front doors where his classmates have written and drawn out how they are feeling. We did not speak with them Monday to give them space, but they were clearly heartbroken.

"This is something that naturally happens to us. Whether we understand it or not it's a fact of life. We have to go through it," explained Camarena.

NBC Right Now first reported the tragic news about a local teenager who died after a snowboarding accident. 14 year-old Hunter Conner was snowboarding at Ski-Bluewood just outside of Dayton, WA on Saturday. He fell on the slopes and ski patrol responded to help him. He was conscious and talking to responders when an ambulance arrived more than half an hour later. Weather conditions were too bad for him to be airlifted. The hospital in Dayton tells us, Conner was in critical condition when he made it there. Emergency room staff worked to save his life, but he did not make it.

The hospital says a death certificate has not yet been signed. When we asked about the cause of death and the teen's exact injuries they told us they could not release that information just yet. NBC Right Now will continue to follow this story, but authorities are calling this incident a terrible accident.

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