Updated: Monday, March 18 2013, 07:36 AM EDT
Community members formed a circle of prayer around a Mountain High School to remember the loss of two students in the past week.
The gathering at Swain County High School follows the death of Tyler Bowman in an ATV accident last weekend. He graduated from Swain last year.
Nate Southards was a junior at the high school and died Monday morning.
The close-knit community wanted to send prayers to the students inside to let them know they're loved. Carolyn Cloer is Nate Southards’ Great Aunt. She says they need to hear a positive message, “And let them know that there's always somebody out there they can go to…not let their problems overtake them when they're grieving.”
Southards' funeral was held Friday afternoon. His death remains under investigation by the sheriff's office.
By Rex Hodge