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Students and Staff Remember Walla Walla Drama Teacher After Tragic Death

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The district will continue to help students and staff cope with the loss. The district will continue to help students and staff cope with the loss.

WALLA WALLA, WA- Students and Staff at Walla Walla High School gathered at a vigil Drama teacher Brian Senter, to remember his life and to provide comfort for one another.

Brian Senter had been with the school for more than a decade. 

"We'll never replace Brian Senter," said Walla Walla High School Principal Pete Peterson.

Life at Walla Walla High School will be different now as they try to deal with the loss of a man full of life and a passion for drama.  It all came to fast for staff and students.  Senter died Saturday night after he was hit by a Ford Ranger pick-p on the 1200 block of Reser Road.

He later died at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. 

"We need to be strong for the kids involved in the current productions and help them get through and help our staff get through as well," said Peterson.   

The school asked for privacy as the students grieved.  GriefBusters, a program in the district that helps staff and students cope with losses, was also there.  The group will continue to meet with students at Walla Walla High School Monday.

"We just kind of help them through the process and give them a safe place to talk and just talk about their grief and that it's okay," said Angie Gardea, school district counselor.   

"Brian was like a father to me so I was very close to the family.  I spoke to Mary earlier and there are no words to say. Just hugged her neck and it was good to be with her," said Cougar Henderson, former student.

For now, students and staff will do their best to comfort each other. 

"The best way to honor Brian is to keep living what he would expect  you to do and just live out the legacy that he believed in you for.  So much love poured out of that man and the best we can do is to just give it back," said Henderson. 

Deputies said the driver of the pick-up that killed Senter, was cooperative and tested negative for alcohol and drugs.  The incident is still under investigation. 
 

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