The sudden loss of senior Kyle Colello and sophomore Lyndsey Rice was felt throughout Dublin Scioto High School and the community.

The sudden loss of senior Kyle Colello and sophomore Lyndsey Rice was felt throughout Dublin Scioto High School and the community.

Less than 24 hours after the students were killed in a one-car crash in southern Delaware County, about 500 people attended a vigil in their honor at the school.

As of Tuesday, about 4,300 people had joined the Facebook page R.I.P Kyle and Lyndsey. Members recalled fond moments with Colello and Rice, and expressed condolences.

"Every time I started to cry for the loss of Kyle, a memory of him made me smile. Thanks for being you, for being an awesome person no matter what. Thanks for your example; of how to live even though your time was short. RIP. I love you man," one person wrote on the site.

"Lyndsey was one of those rare people who, while never in my class, always said a warm 'Hello' and always smiled that beautiful smile. What a great memory she left with me," another wrote.

On the road where the couple were killed late Saturday, a memorial of pictures, flowers and cards was erected at the site of the crash. The memorial was still growing Monday as friends left flowers and other items at the site.

After receiving calls from people who live and travel in the area, Scioto High School administration sent an e-mail Tuesday asking students not to visit the crash site because the road "is very narrow and dangerous."

Children, teens and adults, including Superintendent David Axner, turned out in the rain Sunday night for a candlelight vigil that students organized in front of Scioto High School.

Tom Rice, Lyndsey Rice's father, told the crowd that he loved his daughter and tearfully thanked the community for its support.

"There's nothing else you can say."

Scioto football coach Karl Johnson said the loss of Colello, 18, and Rice, 15, would be difficult for the entire community. Colello played football and lacrosse, and Rice was a cheerleader.

"To have a young life taken unexpectedly is exceptionally hard, but when you've grown up together and the families are close it just makes the grief all that more difficult," Johnson said. "They were good kids and it's a loss for the whole community."

Several of Colello's teammates attended Sunday's vigil.

"He was a hard-working player and one of those guys you could count on," Johnson said.

He also had a bright future.

"He was looking forward to going to college and he wanted to be an engineer," Johnson said. "He was looking at a couple of Division III schools with the hope of playing football."

Rice was the youngest of seven siblings. Brothers Nick, Jason and Taylor all played football at Scioto.

Rice was in her second year of cheerleading, coach Keeley Hickey said.

"She was the best kind of person. She was always happy, always smiling. She absolutely loved life," Hickey said. "She motivated her teammates all the time."

Hickey said Rice was always ready to cheer up others.

"She never took the smile off her face. She was just a happy person," Hickey said. "She was a great kid."

Calling hours for Colello are scheduled for 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Rutherford Funeral Home, 450 W, Olentangy St. in Powell. The burial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday at Maple Grove United Methodist, 7 W. Henderson Road.

Calling hours for Rice are scheduled for 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday at St. Joan of Arc Church, 10700 Liberty Road in Powell. Her funeral is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joan of Arc Church.

Scioto High School postponed tests on Thursday and Friday so students attending the funerals would not miss them.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to investigate the cause of the crash, which occurred at 11:55 p.m. Saturday on Klondike Road south of U.S. 36 in Concord Township.

According to the patrol, the driver lost control of the 2000 Toyota Solara at a curve and the southbound car struck the right guardrail, crossed the roadway, hit several trees off the left side of the road and overturned, ejecting both occupants.

Colello and Rice were pronounced dead at the scene and were not wearing seat belts, the patrol said.

The patrol continues to investigate who was driving the car and other circumstances of the crash.

Guidance counselors and coaches were available at Scioto High School on Monday to talk with students, principal Marina Davis said.

"Kyle and Lyndsey were bright, vibrant young people," Davis said. "Their loss will be felt by all who knew them, and by our entire school district family."

Colello is survived by parents Holly and Paul, sister Samantha and grandparents Dr. Harvey and Kay Covert and Tom and Alice Pratt.

Rice is survived by parents Tom and Joanie Rice; siblings Shannon Thomas, Shaun Rice, Jeffrey Rice, Nicholas Rice, Jason Rice and Taylor Rice; and grandparents Patricia Anderson and Tom and Lois Rice.

Scott Gerfen contributed to this story.