FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) -- A tight-knit community is mourning the loss of a teenager who was hit by a car while getting off the bus.
He was just 14 years old, going into his sophomore year of high school.
"I was shocked, I, it took me maybe five minutes before I started crying, because I didn't know what to say to anyone," said Claudia Keenan, student.
Students are stunned at Farmington High School; a friend was there one minute, and hit by a car the next. Doctors pronounced 14-year-old Mateusz Maciulewski dead 24 hours later.
All day Tuesday grief counselors were on hand to talk to students and even staff who were having a hard time coming to grips with the loss.
"I plan on going to talk to my counselor about it," Keenan said, "just to figure out what to do pretty much."
On Monday, Mateusz stepped off a city bus on Farmington Avenue and was struck and killed by a car. He was coming home from a summer class, trying to cross the street when he was hit.
Word spread quickly at Farmington High School.
"I just heard from a variety of students," said Ryan Flaherty, coach. "A couple of players on the team, talking about him, obviously everybody is a little bit shaken up. It's not that often that it happens, it's just a very unfortunate incident."
Mateusz was a popular student who got good grades and played sports at Farmington High School.
Police are still investigating and trying to figure out how it all happened.
One of his friends thinks he might have crossed the street out of habit like he would when he got off the school bus, which stops traffic with flashing lights.
"He was a funny kid, he always had me laughing," said Keenan. "He would always say stuff in my French class, he was in class with me and he always had a smile on and gave me a high five in the hallway."
"He was a great kid," said Flaherty. "I had him for PE and health. He always had a smile on his face, very personable and just an overall great kid."
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