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Ridgefield mourns the loss of 3 college students

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Ridgefield mourns the loss of 3 teens Ridgefield mourns the loss of 3 teens
RIDGEFIELD, CT (WFSB) -

A small town in Connecticut is filled with heavy hearts after three teenagers were killed in two separate accidents this weekend.

Two teens died in a plane crash, that one victim was piloting, and the other victim died in a car crash.

Cathryn Carey Depuy and Ryan Adams were both 18 years old, flying in a plane that Depuy was piloting.

They were leaving Colgate University in upstate New York when the single engine Cessna 150 crashed.

“She's impacted a lot of people, everyone seems to have great words to say about her,” said Matthew Mauldin, of Ridgefield.

Adams attended St. Luke’s School.

On Friday, Ryan Meegan, a UConn rugby player, died in a crash on Route 66 in Columbia.

He graduated from Ridgefield High School two years ago. Friends spent the day remembering his spirit.

“How funny he is, how great he was to be around, he lifted spirits and it's terrible,” Mauldin said.

Many coping with the sudden shock had the help of grief counselors and comfort dogs in the halls of Ridgefield High.

“We saw the dogs there, we sat with them for a little bit and it was good help. I saw a lot of kids go through there,” said Lucas Vergara, a senior at Ridgefield High.

"It's devastating to the town, it's devastating to the children in the town," said Betty Spielman, a former Ridgefield High School teacher. "We all try to protect them in the schools, see them grow up and have happy lives and life isn't supposed to be like this."

Depuy got her student pilot license in 2013. The cause of that crash is still under investigation.

Colgate University said it would be holding a memorial service on Monday night.

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