Dwenger cancels school Monday for teen’s funeral

Family and friends remember Haley Nellum who was killed by a drunk driver last year.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Bishop Dwenger High School announced school will be canceled on Monday for 17-year-old Haley Nellum’s funeral. Nellum was killed by a drunk driver who was fleeing a shooting at a Fort Wayne bar on March 29.

Nellum was a guard on the varsity girl’s basketball team at Dwenger. The man who hit her car, Jeremy D. Washington, 35, is now facing seven charges, including reckless homicide.

According to Dwenger’s principal, Nellum’s funeral will be on Monday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles. The viewing will be on Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. with a vigil service at 8:30 p.m. at D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home on Maplecrest Road.

School officials said they canceled school Monday because a large number of students and staff want to attend Nellum’s funeral.

Bishop Dwenger High School will also be opening the school on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Campus Ministry will be at the school on those days for anyone who is seeking counseling. The following release was sent out about the services available at high school:

BDHS will offer support during this very difficult and sad time as we grieve the death of Haley Nellum. The school will be open Tuesday, April 1 from 9 am – 3 pm, and Saturday, April 5 from 12 – 3 pm. Our Campus Ministry will be open to anyone who needs to simply talk and/or seek counseling. We ask that students bring pictures of Haley with them to create a memory book for the Nellum Family. We will also have Erin’s House staff in our school all day on April 7 and 8.

 If you need someone to help your student with their grieving, and are unable to use the services provided at BD this Tuesday or Saturday, you may contact Erin’s House directly, at (260)423-2466.

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