Shawnee Mission West students remember classmate killed in car crash

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Students at Shawnee Mission West High School are remembering a classmate killed in a car wreck on Tuesday.

"I feel like this is all some big joke and that it's not real and that I'm going to wake up and come to school and Houston is going to be there," classmate Katherine Riedel said.

"I'm in pure shock. He had such a future," another classmate Jack Snyder said.

St. John died after he lost control of his car on I-435 in Lenexa Tuesday afternoon.

Students said the incredibly artistic young man stood out in school plays, musicals and choir performances. Friends of 17-year-old Houston St. John tell 41 Action News he gave his heart and his soul to the stage.

"He really just loved what he did and was just so passionate about it and he was so good at it," Riedel said.

"When I say he had an incredible voice. I thought he was going places with it. It's just a shame. I can't believe it," Snyder said.

St. John also won 41 Action News' junior meteorologist competition five years ago.

After losing football star Andre Maloney less than two months ago, students at Shawnee Mission West said heartache has become a theme in the halls of the school.

"The one great thing we can say about West is when these awful things happen that are not meant to be, we just all bond together and we're just one big family, It's not meant to happen but we're all there for each other, we're hugging each other, " said Snyder.

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