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Cañon City school reels from student's death

By: DC Spencer, Cañon City Daily Record
March 11, 2014 Updated: March 11, 2014 at 11:34 am
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photo - A Canon City police officer is pictured at a home on Monday, March 10, 2014, as they investigate the deaths of a mother and two young children found at the home Sunday night. Police said Jaacob Van Winkle has been arrested and charged in the murders. Police were responding to a report of a sexual assault from a teenage girl when they found the bodies. Byerly said the girl escaped and ran to a neighbor's home to notify police. (AP Photo/Canon City Daily Record, Michael Alcala)
A Canon City police officer is pictured at a home on Monday, March 10, 2014, as they investigate the deaths of a mother and two young children found at the home Sunday night. Police said Jaacob Van Winkle has been arrested and charged in the murders. Police were responding to a report of a sexual assault from a teenage girl when they found the bodies. Byerly said the girl escaped and ran to a neighbor's home to notify police. (AP Photo/Canon City Daily Record, Michael Alcala) 

Following Monday's regular Cañon City School Board meeting, officials expressed their sorrow about the Sunday tragedy that took the life of a Cañon City mother and two of her children, one of whom, a 9-year-old girl, was a student at Washington Elementary School.

"The loss of any student is completely incomprehensible," said board president Mike Near. He expressed the district's desire to help protect children and keep them safe and said the loss affects so many in the area.

"The kids are part of the community," he said.

Three counselors from the high school were sent Monday morning to Washington Elementary, District Superintendent Robin Gooldy said. Two counselors from Fremont County Mental Health also were available at the school, "not only for students but for the staff members," Gooldy said. "It's difficult for them, too."

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