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Putnam City North High School students grieve death of sophomore Nick Owens

Putnam City North students are sharing their love and support with the family of Nick Owens, 15, who was killed in a car accident this week.
BY TRICIA PEMBERTON Modified: September 1, 2010 at 4:52 pm •  Published: September 1, 2010

Students at Putnam City North High School are sharing their condolences with the family of Nicholas "Nick" Owens this week after the 15-year-old sophomore died Sunday in a car crash.

School staff set up a memorial table for Owens with a box for students to leave prayers or thoughts for the family. It's a gesture Owens' mother, Michelle Owens, said means the world to her.

"As his mom, you think I've got a great kid, but until I heard the stories from the kids in school, I didn't realize the impact that he had outside the family, and I'm just so proud of him," she said Wednesday. "He was amazing, always positive and smiling and helpful, just the best kid a mom could want. A very hard worker."

About 350 students and staff members from Putnam City North held a candlelight vigil for Nick and the Owens family Monday night at the school.

Michelle Owens said she was moved by the support for Nick, his brother, Matthew, and sister Jacy, all students at the school.

"They've been just wonderful in showing their support for the family 150,000 percent," she said. "He will be missed greatly."

Matthew Owens, 18, was listed by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol as the driver of the car that crashed about 7:50 p.m. Sunday on Interstate 40 near Choctaw Road in east Oklahoma City. He was hospitalized and underwent surgery on his arm, Michelle Owens said. He's recovering and expected to be released from the hospital today.

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