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School Leans On Religious Faith To Cope With Fatal Van Crash

Posted January 5, 2004 12:18 p.m. EST

— Students returning to a New York school following the death of a classmate in North Carolina are being assured that faith will ease their grief.

Kevin Mormin, an 18-year-old, a 7-foot-2 basketball center and budding star who was attending Our Savior New American School as an exchange student from Paris, was killed in Wednesday's crash.

Critically injured were two forwards and the son of the Rev. Ronald Stelzer, who is the team's coach and the school's headmaster. Three of Stelzer's daughters were also hurt.

The basketball team and some supporters were traveling in two vans from a tournament in Delaware to the Dell Curry High School Basketball Shootout in Charlotte when the crash occurred.

The van's driver, Emily Elizabeth Stelzer, is charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle and driving left of center. She is the headmaster's daughter.