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Grief counselors help students with classmate's death

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Grief counselors were available at Discovery Elementary School in Sioux Falls today to help students and their parents with the death of a classmate.

Eight-year-old Ashlyn Lee was killed in a car accident just around the corner from her school.

KSFY News spoke with Ashlyn's father this morning.

Police say Ashlyn's mother Michelle may have suffered some kind of medical emergency right before she seemingly lost control of her car and veered off into a field.

The field is just behind Ashlyn's school, where her classmates are dealing with her death.

What do you say to a second grader who's friend and classmate is no longer with them?

The school district sent out an email to parents of students at Discovery Elementary.

The letter tells parents Ashlyn Lee was killed in a car accident last night.

In the letter, it states parents play a key role in helping their children understand death.

It also states students were given the opportunity to ask questions and they were encouraged to talk to their parents, teacher, counselor or other adults if they had questions.

The Sioux Falls School District has a crisis response team in place at all times.

The team works for the school district and is made up of counselors and social workers to help students at times like these.

A spokesman for the school district says kids of all ages react differently to death. The district brought in dogs from therapy dogs international to help the students cope with the loss of their classmate.

Ashlyn also attended Open Arms Daycare at Resurrection Lutheran church.

Her daycare is located on 26th street, just a few minutes away from the accident where she was injured and later died.

When we spoke with Ashyln's father, Kirk, this morning, we asked if there was anything he wanted our viewers to know about Ashlyn or if our viewers could do anything to help.

He asked for people to pray for her.

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