Community shows outpouring of support after Green County crash

The city of Monroe has seen an outpouring of support after Monroe High School students Gage Noble, 16, Anya Teasdale, 16, and Joseph Wyss, 15, were killed after colliding with a truck Friday afternoon.

The Green County Sheriff’s Office said Monday that the driver of the other car, 35-year-old Jennifer Hopkins, of Monroe, was discharged from the hospital. Family and friends will be providing home care during her recovery from injuries she suffered in the crash.

The sheriff’s office also said that no charges were anticipated as of Monday, though the investigation continues.

“Of course, you’re just shocked,” said Renee Setterstrom, a Monroe resident, a former Monroe High School teacher and mother to a sophomore who was in class with Gage, Anya and Joseph.

“It’s just a devastating thing to have happen to the community,” Setterstrom said.

Through the pain comes an immense amount of support. A candlelight vigil was held for the victims Saturday evening, and at the school’s hockey game, players sat in a circle with a single puck set in the middle, followed by a moment of silence.

Monroe City Council member Brooke Bauman said support is also being spread through social media.

“On Facebook, everyone is using the Pray for Monroe, which is wonderful. I’ve seen it shared far away from here; people as far away as Texas are sharing it,” Bauman said.

Setterstrom wanted to do her part to offer comfort, using Facebook to communicate a special support event.

“I woke up this morning just crying and it was like God was speaking to me and just said it would be really great to get a bunch of the community (to go to the high school) tomorrow morning when the kids have to go back to school and face this,” Setterstrom said.

She planned a prayer circle before classes Monday in front of the M-Room parking lot at the high school. Setterstrom asks those who attend to park on the side streets and wear Monroe attire if you can.

“The absence of those students, it’s like, I really wanted to pray for them and pray for the staff that they would feel the love of the community like a big hug. We are here to support them in any way that they need,” Setterstrom said.

“I just really feel like it’s something that is going to be a beautiful experience tomorrow and an amazing thing that God will do.”

In a news release Monday, Sheriff Mark Rohloff called the crash a tragedy and thanked everyone who was providing support to the families and classmates of the teens.

“We are all (a) close-knit community and we share their grief,” Rohloff wrote.

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