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School, community remembers Colfax teen killed in car crash

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Colfax (WQOW) -- Students and staff at Colfax High School paid tribute Monday, after Braden Lemler, 16, was killed in a crash near the Town of Grant last Friday.

Dozens of tractors were on display outside Colfax High School, in memory of Lemler. High School Principal, John Dachel, told News 18 this is a tough time for students and staff alike.

"In this situation, we want to provide as much support as we can for our students. We want to try and create a little bit of a routine for the kids again, so we can get back to a little bit of normalcy for them if we can," said Dachel. "I think the fortunate thing is we have a great community here that has really shown support to not only our students and staff, but also to the family because that's important as well."

Dachel also said the Colfax community is staying strong, together.

"I want to say how proud we are of them right now. They've really come together - how they have embraced the moment and have helped our families in the area heal as well from this," he said.

Fellow students and friends said Lemler had a knack for tractors, so they wanted to pay tribute with their own.

"He always had a smile on his face and always tried to make everyone happy," said Jackson Hellman, a junior at Colfax.

 "He'd always do anything for anyone. If you ever needed help with anything, he'd help you with it," said high school sophomore, Phillip Taylor.

The Colfax Superintendent, Bill Yingst, told News 18 the district remains a family, even in this emotional situation.

"I view all the students here as my kids. I have three daughters, but I have 850 kids of my own, and that's our whole student body here, and I mean that sincerely, and we really want all of them to be safe," Yingst said.

"There's very few words you can say to the family, other than that support that you want to provide for them, and you want to be there for them throughout this process, and help this be a settling time as well," said Dachel

A memorial service will be held Wednesday, starting at 4 p.m. at the high school. A visitation will be held Tuesday night. Lemler's family is asking for everyone to dress casual, in "Red Tractor" farm attire. You can find more information here.

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