Classmates grieve over teens killed in hit and run

SHARON HILL, Pa. - December 10, 2011

Police say Michael Taylor and Mark McNeill, both 15 years old, were killed in a hit and run in Glenolden Friday night as the driver tried to evade police.

"I was really mad, I just didn't think it would happen to a friend of mine," freshman John Phan said.

Authorities say both teens were in the crosswalk at Chester Pike and Glenolden Avenue when Maurquis Thompson sped through a red light. Police say he later abandoned the car and then told the car owner to report it stolen.

Thompson was picked up soon after.

The Academy Park Student body has been searching for answers.

"We don't understand why it happened to them. They were always helping people, making jokes, always making people laugh," freshman Nahjee Moore said.

Students say they tried to talk through their emotions in class today.

Grief counselors were also made available.

"They told us if we need any help go to guidance counselors or teachers for help or talk to our mothers and fathers," freshman Marqus Parker said.

"Some classes didn't do a lot of work, they just wanted us to try to get our emotions out first and then start on the regular school day, but a lot of the classes didn't get to that point yet," Phan said.

Published reports say Thompson was out on bail awaiting trial on gun and drug charges stemming from an arrest in June and he was on probation for a drug charge this summer.

Thompson is being held on $1-million bail.

He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday, but it could be pushed back depending on the status of his legal representation.

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