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One town, one school year, and five deaths.

"I don't guess you could ever plan for a year like we've had it's just been very tragic," Jonathan Lovelace, pastor of The Promise Church in Church Hill said.

Friday night, Volunteer High School lost two students in a car crash, William "Billy" Nauert and Lacota Allison, both just 18 years old.

The driver survived and is currently in the hospital.

The students at Volunteer High School have experienced more loss in just this year than some people will experience in a lifetime.

Nauert and Allison mark the fourth and fifth students gone from VHS in the 2013 - 2014 school year.

For the driver who survived, they were much more than students.

"He's having a real hard time dealing with losing a best friend and a girlfriend in this accident," Lovelace said.

Lovelace is one of a few pastors in the town of Church Hill trying to help the community to get through these loses. "There's other great pastors in our community that step up and help these families, it 's not just us, Mitch Russell, youth pastor at First Baptist Church, and Stephen Jackson at First Freewill here in Church Hill, we all have a mind for youth and we all try to come together to help these families," Lovelace said. "Each time the question why comes up, you wonder why is this happening. We understand that Romans 8:28 says all things work together for the good, but sometimes it can be taxing on your faith to try and find the good in it."

But Lovelace says there has been some good.

"For now, the greatest good that we see out of it is how we all come together in times like this," Lovelace said. "We're trying to plan a community prayer meeting for not just this circumstance but for kids moving forward, just so much has happened."

He said looking back on the year Church Hill has had, the community is once again coming together to try and move forward.

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