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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Students and faculty members at Trimble Tech High School in Fort Worth are heading back to classes on Monday morning. It is the first day in school since a classmate and graduate were injured in a violent crash at the South By Southwest festival in Austin last week.

The crash left three people dead and 20 more injured. But 17-year-old Curtisha Davis and her boyfriend, 18-year-old Deandre Tatum, were among those with the most serious injuries. Tatum still remains in critical condition. Davis is making progress despite extensive injuries, friends and family members said.

Davis does not know that her boyfriend is in a medically-induced coma. Loved ones are keeping conversations with the teenage victim upbeat and positive. “She’s smiling. She’s laughing,” said friend Chastity McLean. “She was actually walking yesterday, taking steps at a time.”

Tatum graduated from Trimble Tech High School last year. Davis is a senior this year, a cheerleader, and very popular on campus. She could be released from the hospital in Austin sometime early this week. “She’s really perky, and that’s good about her,” said classmate Kateba Johnson. “When I have a bad day, she brightens it.”

Those who know the two victims remain hopeful. They gathered Sunday night for prayer — not just for Davis and Tatum, but for all of the victims of the crash, and the suspect as well.

Rashad Owens was arrested last week and charged with capital murder. Police in Austin stated that he intentionally plowed through a crowd of more than two dozen people after officers tried to make a traffic stop for suspected drunk driving.

“God says forgive, so you forgive,” said classmate Markeisha Sanders. “You can’t forget, but you forgive. Pray for everyone.”

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