Sodus community grieves another loss of a student

December 11, 2017 06:43 PM

Stabbings have claimed the life of two teenagers from the same high school. The incidents aren't related but the heartbreak their families and friends are dealing with, is.

Seventeen-year old Zackary Dwello, a Sodus High School student, was killed Friday night. He was at a park in Newark when he was stabbed. Police are still looking for a suspect. His classmate, Alyssa Taft, was killed last month.  Investigators say her ex-boyfriend stabbed her to death.

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Both Alyssa and Zackary were seniors at Sodus High School. So, you can imagine what a tough day this has been for their friends and fellow classmates.

"Everybody is crying, depression, everything is going downhill," Sodus student Shane Miller tells us.

Most students at Sodus are feeling like Shane Miller. They've been trying to cope with the loss of Alyssa and now Zachary is gone too. "Couldn't imagine being stabbed and everything, it's just sad."

The school district has its own grief counselors and has brought in others from surrounding districts but a place many of these teens are finding solace is just down the street at the Scarlet Thread Youth Center.

"We definitely talk about those things with the kids because that's on the front of their minds and that may be one of the most tragic things that they've experienced even in their lifetime to this point, so we have to listen," says Executive Director Don DeCastro, Scarlet Thread Youth Centers.

And give guidance where they can...

"Many of the kids go home to an empty house so a lot of times, they are lonely after school hours or they want to be in a place where there's a group of people," says DeCastro.

Regardless of faith, the volunteers at this center are here for one reason: "It's basically people that love kids and want to be here for kids," says DeCastro.

Right now, these kids need that. The man who police say is responsible for the death of Alyssa is in custody. Police say they are close to making an arrest in Zackary's case.


Jennifer Lewke

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