Little Falls Schools Make Counselors Available After Shootings

Updated: 11/26/2012 7:54 PM By: Leslie Dyste

Little Falls and Pillager schools made counselors available Monday for students and staff trying to cope with the shooting deaths of two cousins.

According to authorities, Byron Smith of Belle Prairie Township is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in the deaths of 17-year-old Nicholas Brady and 18-year-old Haile Kifer.

The Sheriff's office says Smith shot and killed Brady and Kifer after the two broke into his home.

Morrison County Sheriff Michel Wetzel says they believe this was a burglary.

Classes in the Little Falls school district don't resume until Tuesday, so Superintendent Stephen Jones says only a few people met with counselors Monday. But he says he expects a "vastly different situation" Tuesday when students return.

Kifer was a senior at Little Falls High School where friends gathered for a vigil on Sunday. Jones says he hopes students take advantage of the counseling services Tuesday because it means the kids will be ready to get their feelings out.

Classes were back in session Monday at Pillager High School, where Brady was a student. Superintendent Chuck Arns says a few students sought help from school counselors and local clergy members there Monday morning.

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