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Community Mourns Lakeville Students Killed In Crash

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) -- A community is mourning the death of two Lakeville South High School students killed in a crash Friday afternoon.

Johnny Price, 18, and Jake Flynn, 17, attended Lakeville South, where Price was a senior and Flynn a junior. They were in a truck with two other students when it rolled on 225th Street West near Dodd Road.

Friends and teammates embraced Saturday at the crash site where a memorial had been set up.

"They brought so much life to our school," Tanner Sperling, a junior, said.  "Both Jake and Johnny did."

Both of the boys were athletes. A family member told WCCO Flynn played football and ran track.  Price's girlfriend, Elizabeth Barnes, said he loved to play baseball.

"He was an angel long before he went to heaven," Barnes said.

Two other students in the vehicle were also injured.  Seniors Alex Hughes and Mason Kohlbeck were taken to Hennepin County Medical Center.

Hughes was listed as in critical condition Saturday evening, while the Dakota County Sheriff Tim Leslie said Kohlbeck was satisfactory.  Sheriff Leslie told WCCO authorities believe one of the teenagers was wearing their seatbelt at the time of the crash.

This tragedy occurred exactly two years to the day that Lakeville student Alyssa Ettl was killed in a crash.

A family member confirmed to WCCO that Flynn was the nephew of bestselling-author Vince Flynn, who passed away in 2013.

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