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Brookwood mourns deaths of two students

SNELLVILLE - Brookwood High School had a somber start to a new semester, as students, teachers and administrators mourned the loss of two of the school's students.

Over the school's two-week winter break, freshman Andrew Sezonov and sophomore Chun Xiao "Leo" Huang died in separate traffic accidents.

Principal Jane Stegall addressed students this week about the impact of the two deaths on the Brookwood community. The school also had a moment of silence at the end of the school day Wednesday to remember Sezonov and Huang.

School counselors visited the classes of the two students throughout the day to help friends and classmates deal with the loss.

"Counselors continue to be available in the event a student wants or needs to talk," said Sloan Roach, spokeswoman for the school district.

Sezonov, 15, was killed Dec. 19 in a car wreck on Hewatt Road in Lilburn. The car veered off the road and struck a road sign. It hit several objects on the roadside before overturning, said Officer Darren Moloney, spokesman for the Gwinnett Police Department.

The 17-year-old driver, Jason Cory Michael, lived. But Sezenov passed away hours after being taken to the Gwinnett Medical Center.

Just two days later, Huang died from injuries in a motorcycle crash on Ga. Highway 115 in Cleveland, Ga. He was a passenger on a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle driven by Ziyang Zhu when it crashed into a Jeep Cherokee. Zhu also died shortly after being taken by a helicopter to to be treated in Greenville, S.C.