School wall collapse kills teen

WILLIAMSTON, MI (WILX/CNN) – Students wore all black in memory of a teen who died when a wall at his high school collapsed.

"I had him in a few classes last year," said a classmate. "He was a sweetheart, I loved him, he was such a sweetheart."

Gabe Corbett, 14, died Wednesday after bricks that support the lockers in the boys locker room fell on him at Williamston High School. Principal Jeff Thoenes says Gabe was climbing on the wall when it gave way.

"I can speak only from what I've heard, he was well liked and he was active on our football team as a freshman player and was planning on going out for our basketball team as a freshman, Thoenes said.

Students spent Thursday hanging posters and cards on the walls of the school to honor Corbett.

"He was just a really good friend," said a student. "He was always there for anyone and he was just one of the most sincerely sweet guys out there."

It's another tragic event in the Corbett family.

"Unfortunately his father died of cancer about three years ago," Thoenes said.

The accident comes just two weeks after a car accident almost took the life of another Williamston High School student, but Thoenes says he's proud of the way his students have come together during such tough times.

"It's good for students to find positive ways to express themselves during this time," Thoenes said.

Police have ruled this incident an accident. The investigation is now being turned over to the Williamston School District, which says it will have the insurance company assess the situation.

Students at the school will continue to hang posters and remember their friend.

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