INDIANAPOLIS -- When students at Brookview Elementary School return to school later this month, they'll be missing an important member of their class. Reece Coleman, 9, died along with eight other members of his family when the sightseeing boat they were on capsized during a storm last week.
Reece would have been starting the fourth grade this year and substitute teacher Holly Hall says she's still in shock over what happened.
Reece was the oldest of Tia's children. His father, Glen, and two other siblings Evan, 7, and Arya, 1, also lost their lives along with his grandparents, aunt, uncle and 2-year-old cousin.
A spokesperson for Warren Township Schools says the district is in the process of identifying the specific needs of the staff and students as they return to classes next week. He says mental health professionals will be involved, but they have not determined specifically what roles they will play.
"I just can't imagine the classroom next year without him being in it," Hall said. "I just can't."