High school students mourn loss of two classmates in weekend crash

Two people died from injuries suffered in a Sunday crash. Police have identified the victims as Gabriel Leonhardt, 16, of Del City, and Matthew Grace, 18, of Oklahoma City.
BY TIFFANY GIBSON tgibson@opubco.com Published: October 11, 2011
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Students and staff from two Oklahoma high schools are mourning the loss of two students killed in a weekend crash.

Gabriel Leonhardt, 16, of Del City, died Sunday night when the vehicle he was riding in collided with another vehicle on Coltrane Road near NE 115.

Leonhardt was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the vehicle, Matthew Grace, 18, of Oklahoma City, was taken to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.

A third person was treated and released at the scene, police said.

Midwest City-Del City District spokeswoman Stacey Boyer said Leonhardt was a sophomore at Midwest City High School.

“Mid-Del Schools is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Gabriel Leonhardt,” Boyer said. “The Mid-Del School District is providing counselors for those in need. Our thoughts are with the Leonhardt family, as well as our Midwest City High School student body and staff at this time.”

Grace was a senior at Harrah High School, where he was a member of the football team. Head Coach Greg Willis said Grace recently moved from Seminole and was ineligible to play this year, but he helped with practice and watching game footage.

"He was an outstanding, Christian kid," Willis said. "You hear this all the time when you have tragedy, but he was a great kid."

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