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Counselors help students with the loss of Elizabeth "Lizzie" Eidson

Mid-Missouri communities are mourning the loss of 16-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzie" Eidson, who was killed on her way to school Wednesday morning. (Elizabeth Hoffman/ KRCG 13)

The High Point and Russellville communities are mourning the loss of 16-year-old Elizabeth "Lizzie" Eidson, who was killed on her way to school in a car accident Wednesday morning.

"Everyone's still kind of grieving in their own way," Russellville High School Counselor Lucas Morris said.

Lizzie Eidson was a standout sophomore at Russellville High. She was very active in volleyball, FFA and STEM, Morris said. Eidson also showed her steer at the Miller, Moniteau and Morgan County Fairs.

She was a joy to be around, Morris said.

Additional grief counselors have been brought in to help students and staff cope with the tragic loss.

"We have two professional counselors that are in there that I've been walking around all day trying to be visible," Morris said. "If we see kids in distress kinda refer them out and give them a place they can go and vent, " Morris said.

He said the community has already shown tremendous support.

"It's nice to see how good of a community we have," the high school counselor said. "We had area schools coming in, we had pastors coming in helping with kids."

And while the grieving process has only just begun, Morris said parents should keep the lines of communication open.

"If they're grieving, you want to make sure you're talking with them, giving them their space," Morris said. "You want to also understand that they're going through some things that might not be typical so understand changes in moods, attitudes. Always be willing to listen to them."

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