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Friends Remember Grayson Co. Teen Killed In Crash

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GRAYSON COUNTY, TX -- Mourners packed a church near Whitewright for the funeral of a high school senior killed in a car crash.

The 19-year-old went off the road near his home on Friday. His friends who were in the car and classmates looked on at his funeral, still struggling with the sudden loss.

Howe High School senior John McDonough was driving home with friends when the crash happened. "He was just going too fast and he lost control," says crash survivor Nick Caro.

Many teenagers still upset by the loss of their classmate showed up Tuesday afternoon to say goodbye. "We really didn't believe it because that really doesn't happen in Howe, it hasn't happened in a while. Everybody was shocked and everybody went out to where it happened and just prayed on the side of the road," says classmate Connor Curry.

"I would always see him in the halls, we'd talk. Recently, I was talking to him about his band, he had really big plans for his band," says classmate Trevor Smithson.

Howe High School junior Bryce Garland says the band started in November after he and a friend had success in a school talent show.

"Afterwards, we were like you know what we've got one shot at this. Let's chase our dream. So the first person I go to is john because I've known him since I was in sixth or seventh grade and I knew he could play guitar," says Garland.

The funeral drew hundreds of church members and fellow Howe students. The band members say that they have only played two shows so far, but they plan to do another one, this time in McDonough's memory.

"We got to play two shows with him and I wouldn't trade those two shows for anything in the world. He was super talented and he had a natural ability for what we were doing and I know we'll never be the same but I also know he'd want us to carry on," says Garland.

"He really stood by what he preached and he was a great role model and I looked up to him a lot," says band member and crash survivor Hunter Shaw.

McDonough was set to graduate in June. Friends say he was hoping to be in law enforcement. "A lot of thoughts about him mainly, and just thankingGgod for keeping me safe and Hunter and Jake," says Caro.

"John could sing beautifully and I know he's going to be a great angel," says Smithson.

McDonough also played his bass guitar at the King's Trail Cowboy Church. The band called Saints Can Lie plans to perform on Sunday, May 12 at Sons of Herman Hall in Dallas.