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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