May 2, 2013 3:52 PM by MELISSA CANONE

Paul Breaux Middle School Mourning Loss of Fellow Student

LAFAYETTE, La. - On Thursday, Lafayette Police identified the 13-year-old girl that died in a major vehicle crash on Wednesday as Abigail Vasquez, 13, of Breaux Bridge.

Abigail was killed, when for unknown reasons, a truck travelling on Interstate 10 eastbound crossed the median, striking the car she was in.

Lafayette Parish School System released the following statement on the death of Abigail Vasquez, a student at Paul Breaux Middle School:

Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the family, faculty, staff, and students of Paul Breaux Middle School as they mourn the death of fellow "tiger", Abigail. Due to the abrupt circumstances of her passing the school has initiated a crisis and grief counseling plan to better serve the needs of those impacted by her passing.

Paul Breaux Administrators in conjunction with LPSS Student Services, and Health and Wellness team members, have made additional crisis counselors, therapist, and social workers available to the Paul Breaux campus to provide any support students or staff may need during this difficult time.

It is not uncommon for students to experience a range of emotions after learning of a death and it is important to allow those affected grieve in which ever manner they feel appropriate. Students who are having issues coping will be allowed to go to the school's library where they can speak with members of the support staff, where they can express their feelings in a safe and trusting environment.

It is important for students to understand that there is no "correct" way to grieve and it is imperative to be mindful and respectful of one another's feelings as the entire Paul Breaux community mourns the loss of Abigail.


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