Weekend tragedy felt by KHS students
- Written by PATSY OLIVER
PHOTOS: (1)Alexx Hudson (2) Kate Disorbo (3) Crash site which has become large memorial for the girls. Photo by Kathryn Howell Students returned to Kingwood High School this morning to a somber setting as word of the weekend tragedy reached any who had not already heard. Two of their classmates were killed in a car accident Sunday night. Pink shirts were worn by a multitude of students today in memory of their lost friends and classmates, Alexx Hudson, a junior, and Kate Disorbo, a sophomore, both 16. A third occupant in the vehicle, a 17-year-old KHS student, was in the back seat and received minor injuries, as the majority of the impact was taken by the front of the vehicle. She was transported to LBJ Hospital, where she was treated and released. According to a report issued today by the Houston Police Department, Disorbo was driving a silver Honda Accord at a high rate of speed, attempting to pass a car in front of her, when her car struck the left curb, causing her to lose control of the vehicle. The report states that the Accord struck the curb a second time and flipped over several times before striking a tree in the median. The crash occurred at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday in the 4600 block of Kingwood Drive, between Forest Garden Drive and West Lake Houston Parkway. The car was traveling westbound, as the girls, along with people in other vehicles, were heading to Starbucks in Kingwood after a birthday party in the neighborhood. One of Hudson's friends said Monday that a call was placed to the home where the birthday party had taken place just moments after the crash. People from the party were among the first on the scene, and the gathering swelled to between 150 and 200 people as the night wore on. Friends, relatives, and those who did not know the girls but who were moved to pay their respects, gathered, held each other, shed tears and left flowers and messages at the site. This continued throughout the night and all day Monday. Disorbo played soccer on the KHS Girls JV Soccer Blue team, as well as the Kingwood Alliance Soccer Club. “Kate was a member of the KASC club and family,” wrote KASC representatives in an e-mail to members today. “We were very proud to have her grace our club.” Hudson is described by friends as having been constantly upbeat, positive and smiling. She was said to have been “very into photography” and used her talents to help a friend with her T-shirt printing business. Twenty-three grief counselors were available to students today at KHS. District spokeswoman Karen Collier said that students were utilizing the opportunity to receive counseling, mostly in small group settings. She added that additional help is available. “If parents have concerns about their child's emotional state, they need to let a teacher or school counselor know,” said Collier. “The school can provide additional support to those who need it.” Funeral arrangements were planned for both girls at Kingwood Funeral Home. A visitation service will be held for Disorbo on Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kingwood Funeral Home, with a rosary service at 6:30 p.m. The funeral will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at St. Martha Catholic Church in Kingwood. There will be a visitation service for Hudson at Kingwood Funeral Home Friday from 4 to 7 p.m (Closed to the public per the family's request). The funeral will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Second Baptist Church in Kingwood.