Chariho students wear red and orange in honor of classmate

RICHMOND, R.I. (WLNE) – The Chariho High School community is rallying together after 9th grader Owen Krueger died unexpectedly on Sunday.

"He was just a very engaging kid. People liked being around him he was a hard worker. He always tried to do his best,” said the Superintendent of Schools Barry Ricci.

Owens mom, Samantha Krueger tells ABC 6, "He was simply the best kid and the world is worse from him not being in it."

Samantha Krueger works as a bus driver for the school system. She says the family is humbled by all of the support they’ve received adding, "We don’t think even Owen knew how much he affected people."

"He had this unique sense of humor that just allowed people to warm up to him. He loved telling jokes so that when people were in his company they were always kind of entertained by Owen,” said Ricci.

Ricci was notably wearing an orange tie this Friday, joining in on an effort organized by students to wear orange and red… Owen’s favorite colors.

The students are also raising money for his family.

"Today it’s about just showing care and concern,” said Ricci.

Owen was studying welding and was said to enjoy Anime books, art, computers and video games.

A sign outside of the high school honoring both Owen and his classmate Maddie Potts who passed away in September.

Maddie collapsed while taking a penalty kick, she died following a ruptured brain aneurysm.

"They both had a great impact on our community,” said Ricci.

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