CLOVIS, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) — Two Clovis high school students were killed Friday late night when their vehicle crashed into a tree, according to the Clovis Police Department.
Officers received a report of a traffic collision involving a silver 2001 Jaguar S-Type 3 in the area of Armstrong and Bullard avenues at 11:41 p.m., Sgt. Jim Munro said. Two occupants were found dead inside the crashed vehicle.
The cause of the crash is under investigation.
Munro said it is unknown if alcohol was a factor in the crash at this time.
The victims were identified as Jack Schwass, 17, of Clovis, a student at Gateway High School, and Thomas Brown, 16, of Clovis, a student at Clovis High School, according to the Fresno County Sheriff-Coroner’s Office.
Brown was a left guard for the Clovis High Cougars varsity football team, according to the school’s athletic department.
The football team posted a photo of Brown with the following statement:
It’s with heavy hearts that we mourn the loss of one of our own. Dearest Brown family, you are in the thoughts and prayers of the Cougars. Rest easy, Thomas.Clovis High Cougars Football Team
Kelly Avants, a spokeswoman for Clovis Unified School District, released the following statement:
Our hearts are broken today as our educational team, students and community mourn the loss of Clovis High junior Thomas Brown and Gateway senior Jack Schwass.
We are pulling together as a Clovis Unified family to support each other and our students as we grieve, and our team of trained school psychologists and counselors will be on hand Tuesday for extra support. Thomas was an honor student and athlete, and Jack was well known on his school campus as well having attended Clovis Unified since kindergarten. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Brown and Schwass families, and everyone touched by this terrible tragedy.Clovis Unified School District
This story will be updated.