Already hurting, CCHS students stunned by 2nd death in 4 days

Throughout the day yesterday, students from area schools gathered on a northside city street, joined together in mourning the loss of a friend who died doing what he loved Friday evening. Full Story
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“Tito”

Since: Sep 08

Lebanon, PA

#1 May 9, 2009
I can not believe that this is happening. I never imagined that this would happen to us. This seems like something out of a movie, and I truly wish that it were. This seems like a nightmare that I wish we would wake up from. I know that we, as students, and fellow classmates of these individuals are hurting, and I can only imagine how the Shyda and Shepps families must feel at the moment. I have not stopped praying for these two families and for the entire student body of not only the Cedar Crest High School, but also the entire student body of the Lebanon High School. I mention both schools because although these students are Cedar Crest students, we at Lebanon High School are also hurting, and moments like these are the ones that make us form a gigantic community of people that aren't different at all, and are bonded by a single feeling of hurt, confusion, devastation. All in all, we're all experiencing a mix of emotions.. Matt and Mark will be loved and missed forever, because they were two amazing people who put a smile on anyone's face that they talked to. May God bless the Shyda family, the Shepps family, and the students who are going through this amount of pain that only we can even begin to explain. Mark and Matt, we love you and always will. R.I.P. Never forgotten. =(
CCHS student

Columbia, SC

#2 May 9, 2009
both matt and mark were amazing people. although i did not know either of them very well. i do agree with the comment above, moments like this do bring our community together as one and we all set aside our differences for that moment of time. these two deaths are unreal, two deaths in four days not to mention the first deaths in cchs in four years!?! wow. school for us this past week with the death of Mark and the injuries of Ben, Brandon, Justin, Adam, and Lauren, had everyone down. school was so different, and now matt is dead.=/ i don't know how school is going to go over next week. but try to stay strong at least.
CCHS student

Columbia, SC

#3 May 9, 2009
ten years***
not four sorry
Jessica A

Telford, PA

#4 May 10, 2009
Shepps I love you man, and you will greatly be missed by all of us.. Life is just not going to be the same without you in it :-( Ill see you again one day when my day comes and I hope your the one meeting me at heavens door. rest in peace matthew shepps
just a close friend

Georgetown, MD

#5 May 10, 2009
Cedar Crest will never be the same. Not after this past week. Not without Matt and Mark. They were amazing and we all miss them terribly. It's just unreal and absolutely terrifying.
KMC

Downingtown, PA

#6 May 10, 2009
RIP Mark..you were a good friend.and you will be missed by everyone..This sucks =(

RIP Matt...I didnt know you to well..but I still cant belive this.

We all love and miss you and we will never forget you
aaa

Camp Hill, PA

#7 May 10, 2009
RIP SHEPPS!
i L0VE, AND MiSS YOU, MAN!
LHS Student

Annville, PA

#8 May 10, 2009
I agree with Tito. Although I didn't know Mark or Matt personally, I know many people who were close friends with both of them. Through their saddness, I have also been deeply affected. I've spent the last week praying for the Shyda and Shepps families. I send all my love and sympathy in their direction, especially since today is mother's day. I am confident that Mark and Matt are in a better place, watching over their families in this time of grief.
RIP and God Bless
Matts cousin

Plainsboro, NJ

#9 May 10, 2009
Matthew I love you buddy n i will always miss you!! your my baby cousin, you will always keep a spot in my heart!! I love you !!
sammy

Philadelphia, PA

#10 May 11, 2009
some people think that mark deserved to die but if you would have known him the way i did you would under stand that he shouldn have. we barlly made it threw this week with the loss of mark and now matt passed away this week is going to be very rough with the two lossses of two amazing kids=( forever in our hearts mark shyda and matt shepps!
Michelle

Lancaster, PA

#11 May 11, 2009
Also, the friend that Matt was riding with Friday night....please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as well. I heard that the two of them were best friends, and it had to be terribly traumatic to see that happen to his buddy.
sammy

East Petersburg, PA

#12 May 11, 2009
thats very true we have to keep every one in our hearts at this time. mark and matt were amazing people and there familys are to i cant amagin what there going threw i think its hard for me to make it threw the week. i cant even begin to think how his family feels and his friend that he was riding with that night to see that happen to your best friend had to be hard im sorry =( we love you matt and mark forever in our hearts rest in peace.
concerned parent

Lancaster, PA

#13 May 11, 2009
Time is an amazing healer. Kids,just keep talking about Mark and Matt ,remember their lives, not their deaths. Everyone feels the pain even though some of us didnt know them.And keep up with the prayers for all of the families involved in the past few days.God Bless all of them!
key

Harrisburg, PA

#14 May 11, 2009
"Veered to the left across both lanes of traffic." Again, this is someone exhibiting risky, life threatening behavior such as speeding on rainy roads under the influence. NOT an accident, a tragedy that didn't have to happen. Hope SOMEone learns from these mistakes. I've seen first hand how these kids "ride" and play chicken with traffic. Just plain stupid and most of the time, when they have a super close call, having scared the driver of the car, they laugh. Not laughing now, is he.
key

Harrisburg, PA

#15 May 11, 2009
Michelle wrote:
Also, the friend that Matt was riding with Friday night....please keep him in your thoughts and prayers as well. I heard that the two of them were best friends, and it had to be terribly traumatic to see that happen to his buddy.
And, how about some sympathy for the driver of the car who had no way to void this senseless behavior, or is it the driver's fault?!

“Tito”

Since: Sep 08

Lebanon, PA

#16 May 11, 2009
Amen, thanks for the positive thoughts "concerned parent".

“Tito”

Since: Sep 08

Lebanon, PA

#17 May 11, 2009
key, I don't really think that your comment was necessary, infact I consider it to be completely out of place. I don't know what the circumstances in which this TRAGEDY occured, but regardless of the circumstances, and regardless of what you think, it is a tragedy, because he was a very young person who had many more experiences waiting for him. He's resting now though, and that's all that matters, and we, his classmates/peers, are going to remember him as the amazing person that he was, and your "two cents" will have no impact on that. Thanks for your "opinion" though. Have a good day.

“Tito”

Since: Sep 08

Lebanon, PA

#18 May 11, 2009
Why are you trying to find someone to blame? This isn't a legal proceeding. We're mourning the death of an amazing person.
Lebanon County Friends

Lancaster, PA

#19 May 11, 2009
Very true. Yes, I see them do that all the time. I know that. Everyone sees kids do that, I'm sure. It's obvious, of course, that had he not decided to dart across the street, he would not have been killed. And will other kids learn from it? Probably not, because many times, they think they're invincible. But REGARDLESS of how it happened, no matter who's fault it was, there is still family in mourning, and we need to choose our words wisely. There is no need to spread animosity.
key wrote:
"Veered to the left across both lanes of traffic." Again, this is someone exhibiting risky, life threatening behavior such as speeding on rainy roads under the influence. NOT an accident, a tragedy that didn't have to happen. Hope SOMEone learns from these mistakes. I've seen first hand how these kids "ride" and play chicken with traffic. Just plain stupid and most of the time, when they have a super close call, having scared the driver of the car, they laugh. Not laughing now, is he.
Lebanon County Friends

Lancaster, PA

#20 May 11, 2009
My guess, as well as everyone else's, I'm sure, is that it was not the driver's fault, but there was nothing in today's paper about the accident, so I have no place to say without knowing the facts. Obviously, if he had used better judgement, it would never have happened. But that is a very good point. We should also be thinking about the driver. If I was behind the wheel of that car, and a kid darted out in front of me suddenly, and he lost his life, that memory would haunt me for the rest of my life. Thank you for bringing that up! But REGARDLESS of how it happened, no matter who's fault it was, there is still family in mourning, and we need to choose our words wisely. There is no need to spread animosity.
key wrote:
<quoted text>And, how about some sympathy for the driver of the car who had no way to void this senseless behavior, or is it the driver's fault?!

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