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Burbank Students Remember Friends Lost in Fatal Accident

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BURBANK, Wash--  Students at Columbia High School met for lunch at the Sun-Mart near the school.  It's a popular spot for students, normally a break from everyday stress.  But on Monday, it was a period to mourn the loss of two brothers killed in a car accident Friday night.

"It's emotional, heartbreaking, everybody's crying, sad," says Leatta Stonestreet, a friend of Jorge Mendez.  

It was supposed to be the start of the school year for Jorge Mendez, who has been in and out of class for years battling cancer.  A triumphant return that will never be seen.  His principal says his return was set to be a welcomed sight.

"It affected a heck of a lot of kids today," says Kyle Miller, the school principal.

Those that knew the boys say they would always make you laugh, which they say was the best cure for Jorge's leukemia.

"Even with the struggles he had, he typically had a smile on his face, and do what he could to make his buddies laugh," says Miller.

We asked his friend what she'll miss most about him.

"His personality," says Stonestreet.  "His friendship.   His kindness toward other people."