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DeSmet community mourns teen's death

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The DeSmet community is mourning the death of a local high school student this Monday.

State Highway Patrol says 16-year-old Zachary Eichstadt was walking in an intersection when a drunk driver ran a stop sign hitting him and another pedestrian.  Zachary died, the other pedestrian suffered minor injuries.

28-year-old James Harris of Anoka, Minnesota is charged with drunken driving, hit and run and vehicular homicide.  Harris' bond was set at 250,000 dollars cash Monday.

There is a memorial set up for Zach outside of the DeSmet High School.

We spoke with one of his friends Monday afternoon who says the whole community is in mourning and it will be a long time before they recover.

When Shelby Broderson found out her friend Zach Eichstadt died Friday night, she couldn't believe it.  She says, "no, this can't be true, can't be, this is DeSmet, I just saw Zach that night at the homecoming game. he picked me up and gave me a big hug."

Shortly after the game police say Zach was hit and killed by a drunk driver.  As the state highway patrol investigates the scene of the hit and run, those who knew Zach honor his memory.  A memorial stands outside the DeSmet high school where Zach was a well-known student.  Shelby says he was, "a big teddy bear.  He was always joking, laughing and trying to make people laugh."

But now Shelby says no one is laughing.  She says there is sadness and anger, saying, "because people think they need to get behind the wheel and drink and drive...the whole town has lost a friend, everybody lost a friend," a friend who Shelby says won't soon be forgotten.

Zach Eichstadt's family have set up funeral services for him: a memorial service will be held at 10:30 Wednesday morning at the Dingmann Funeral Home in Worthington, Minnesota.  There will be an hour of fellowship before services.  There will also be a memorial for the DeSmet community at the high school at 2pm Thursday.

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