Denham Springs High School will offer extra counselors for students Monday to help students grapple with the loss of classmate Tanner Ernest, according to a school system spokeswoman.

Ernest, a junior at the high school, was shot to death by Dakota Theriot, alongside his sister and father in a Walker trailer on Saturday morning, authorities said.

About a half-dozen counselors will be available at the office and will follow his schedule throughout the day, said Delia Taylor, a spokeswoman for the Livingston Parish School System.


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She said the school also is allowing students to wear red Monday in honor of Ernest, something his family has requested.

On Tuesday, the school will have a "free dress day." Donations will be collected for Ernest's family.

Ray Riley, a Denham Springs resident who is family friends with the Ernests, said Tanner Ernest and his sister, Summer, were "real fun-loving kids." He said they grew up in the Denham Springs area and attended school there. 

Riley said Tanner Ernest liked playing pickup basketball. Summer Ernest was a recent graduate of Denham Springs High School.

The Ernest siblings were among five people killed Saturday morning when Theriot went on a shooting rampage in Livingston and Ascension parishes, authorities said. Theriot was arrested in Virginia on Sunday.


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