ANTHEM, AZ - A community is remembering two students from Sandra Day O’Connor High School, killed in an apparent murder-suicide Friday afternoon.
It was a quiet and somber scene at Anthem Prep Saturday night, where over 100 people gathered to light candles, pray, and pay their respects.
“She was going to be great one day,” said Anthem Prep student Sid Srinivas, who says he only wishes he could have known Anastasia Greer better. “You don’t know how much you wish to know someone more until they’re gone.”
The 16-year-old ROTC member was gunned down in her friend’s driveway Friday afternoon. Police say the shooter was her ex-boyfriend, 15-year-old Matthew Bolton, who then turned the gun on himself.
It’s a tragedy that’s difficult for their friends to comprehend.
“I saw them not too long ago and they were still together. I didn’t even know they broke up,” said Sandra Day O’Connor student Alyssa Garza. “I thought things were fine but I guess they weren’t.”
Parents struggle to explain why something so tragic could happen.
“As a parent you want to comfort them, you want to talk to them about it, but it’s an emotion that they really need to work through,” said parent Dan Pozefsky, whose son was in class with Ana just hours before the shooting.
Anastasia’s mom is a high school math teacher at Anthem Prep, where students say Ana would frequently visit them after school.
“She was always talking and smiling and being friendly with everybody,” said Junior Haylee Talyor. “She was just like her mom.”
Organizers say the vigil was for both families, who without warning lost a loved one in the prime of their life.
ABC15 has been told there will be grief counselors on hand at Sandra Day O’Connor High School on Monday to help kids cope with the incomprehensible loss.
A fund for Anastasia Greer’s family has been set up through the volunteer group Hands Across Anthem to help with memorial costs.