RICHLAND, Missouri- The students and staff of the  Richland School District have organized support for the family of Jace Roeder, the young man killed in the October 21st wreck involving a bus that was transporting Richland and Stoutland FFA students back from the Indianapolis National Convention.

Roeder, 17, from Utah,  was killed as a passenger in a box truck driven by his father when it was forced into the back of the school bus with the 23 students, sponsors and driver. The commercial truck which caused the three-vehicle collision allegedly failed to slow in a construction zone

“On behalf of the Richland R-IV School District in Richland, Missouri, our hearts are broken for Jace’s family. Our students bonded together this week to help spread some love after such a tragic event. Students gathered at our flag pole for prayer each morning this week. Our student body paid $1 to wear a hat each day, and donated change in order to support Jace’s family, in his memory. Our staff paid $5 a day to wear jeans to contribute as well. We will be donating over $1,000 from our district as a result of this fund raiser, and pray that it blesses your family. Though there is nothing we could say or do that could ever ease the pain, we pray for comfort, peace and strength in the days to come. God Bless you all,” Richland Principal Dr. Dawson-Principal said in a statement.

Our hearts were broken Friday October 21, 2016 when we learned that our beloved Jace, 17, had passed away from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident while visiting his great grandparents in Indiana, Jace’s obituary read.

Obituary for Jace Roeder | Russon Brothers Funeral Directors