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Neighbor grieves with Sunnyview community

Every morning Kathy Drummer watches from her window as children head to school. Wednesday morning was different.

Drummer lives directly across from Sunnyview Primary. Two of the three victims in Tuesday's deadly bus crash went to school at Sunnyview. The third victim worked there as a teacher's aide.

She watched Tuesday as car after car carrying police officers and mourners came to the school.

Superintendent Jim McIntyre decided that both Chilhowee Intermediate and Sunnyview Primary would not be in session Wednesday. Doors did remain open for students and families to talk to counselors.

Kathy Drummer saw the grieving unfold outside her home. For hours, children and parents came to Sunnyview to leave gifts in remembrance of three lives lost. What started as three bears, grew to a collection of balloons, flowers and stuffed animals.

Drummer says she had to fight back tears watching, because she knew the pain the family's were going through. Kathy lost her own son in a car accident in 1999.

"I have cried for them, just sitting and looking out my window, or my door. I've cried for them because I know what they're going through and I've tried my best to pray for them since it happened, it breaks my heart," said Drummer.

Her 11-year-old granddaughter attends Chilhowee Intermediate and witnessed the crash from another bus. Drummer says it will be difficult to explain what happened to her granddaughter. She says her granddaughter was devastated and had many friends on both buses.

For now, Drummer hopes time and prayer will help the families heal.


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