Students rally together following death of Briarcrest classmate

SHELBY COUNTY, TN (WMC) - Students at Briarcrest Christian School are rallying together after the loss of a student.

High school junior Zach Kothe was killed in a car accident on Reid Hooker Road Sunday night.

Police say the car Zach was in was engulfed in flames, after hitting a tree, when they arrived on the scene.

Like many others, Zach's death has left Logan Howse feeling numb from the grief. Logan says Zach was headed home after bowling with his girlfriend.

"I still can't believe it. I can't believe he's actually gone," Howse said. "He always had a smile on his face. He was always smiling. And, like always, made everyone laugh."

The two boys met three years ago when Zach moved to the neighborhood.

Though they went to two different schools, much of their free time was spent together fishing or at Logan's house playing pool.

The school will hold a prayer service to honor Zach's life Tuesday evening at Sparks Chapel beginning at 5:30 p.m.

In a Facebook post, the school released a statement saying in part:

"Our hearts are broken and our entire student body mourns the loss of our student, teammate and dear friend."

A cross and flowers now mark the site where the 11th grader died.

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