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D49 schools try to move on from recent deaths



Funeral services were held this afternoon for a Falcon High School student killed by a suspected drunk driver a week ago tonight.

Michael Finley was set to graduate next month but Finley's death isn't even the latest in a string of losses in District 49 this year.

Finley's funeral comes just days after the death of another falcon student, alex bourbon on Wednesday.

"Falcon's not one of those places that's ever silent," said Falcon senior Mina Thorhauer on Friday. "There's always people who are laughing and joking. And with the loss of Michael and then the loss of Alex just doesn't even feel like Falcon."

The two boys made up the fourth and fifth deaths District 49 has experienced this year. In early April, Dr. Julia Roark, an educational leader in D49 was struck and killed by a car while riding her bike on woodmen road.

In March, Rachel Dewey, an 8th grade social studies teacher died while skiing Pikes Peak with her family.

In February, Richard Hammond, the district's transportation director, was robbed and murdered in Denver.

Friday night, at an annual fundraiser, the district honored the lives lost, while paying tribute.

The Falcon Educational Fund offers scholarships for Falcon High School seniors and educational grants for District 49 teachers. And as difficult a year as its been, there's still reason to be hopeful for the future in Falcon.

If you'd like to donate to the falcon educational foundation, you can do so at

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