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High school mourns deaths of two grads

Austin Armstrong had just begun his undergraduate career at the University of Kentucky, but he was also a member of the Lafayette High School family - a family that's lost two recent graduates in the span of a week.

"It has been a really tough week to lose such bright former graduates, such recent former graduates from our Lafayette community," says Lafayette High School principal Vicki Ritchie.

2011 Lafayette graduate Austin Armstrong played football for four years at Lafayette High School. He died early this morning in a motorcycle wreck. Just last week, 2010 graduate Audrey Hounshell was killed when she lost control of her car. Principal Ritchie says it's a lot for the school to deal with.

"People were shocked to hear both of those pieces of news," says Ritchie.

Even Austin himself appeared to be touched by Audrey's death, tweeting out a memorial message to her. His former principal says they were both standouts.

"Both she and Austin were the kind of kids that did just light up the room when they came in," she says.

His former football coach says he's struggled with Austin's death.

"I didn't believe it at first. You hear a lot of rumors in a high school, but as the day grew on and we actually got confirmation, it just takes you aback," says coach Carl Hayden.

But he says the Lafayette family will support each other.

"We're a tight-knit family here. I belive that's one thing that sets us apart from other schools and when it comes down to it, we always try to help take care of each other," he says.

School officials say it's too early to decide exactly how they'll memorialize both Austin and Audrey.


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