Farmersville community mourns loss of 15-year-old

FARMERSVILLE, Ohio (WDTN) – A community is mourning a 15-year old, killed while riding an ATV.

Levi Montoya died from severe brain injuries.

Investigators said he hit a tree on his family’s property in the 15000 block of Chicken Bristle Road in Farmersville.

Reports show he was not wearing a helmet, and one is not required by law.

Friday was the last day of class for Valley View High School.

It’s often the most celebrated day for students, but in the hall, it was a day of mourning and loss.

Counselors and at least four Farmersville pastors were all on hand to walk students through their grief with the district procedure.

2 NEWS spoke with Superintendent Bill Kirby and asked how difficult it was to implement plan on paper when so many were experiencing the personal loss.

“That’s the difficult part. I shared with the staff this morning, we put in place and opportunity that if a staff or teacher should need time out because you know we are the leaders of our students but in the same token we too have emotions.” he answered.

Despite the difficulty of the situation, Kirby said the small size of the district makes access to grief counseling readily available.

Officials said students are responding more to group sessions led by adults.

Writing messages to Montoya and his family has been another way students are remembering their fellow classmate.

For Assistant Principal Adam Frank, the death has really hit home.

It’s his first year at the high school and during it, he’s walked through this hall dozens of times, but now he said the memorial makes it different.

“Levi is a student that everybody just so easily gets to know and so I have gotten to know him this year so I’ve gotten to come to enjoy him and enjoy his positive attitude just a real special kid,” said Frank, also the school’s athletic director.

For now, the messages have created a permanent home for Montoya’s fun personality and his impact on mentors, friends and loved ones.

Officials hope that despite summer vacation starting students will find strength and fellowship in the community.

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