TAMPA - Terese Romeo has known 13-year-old Beau Schenecker since the 6th grade. Her initial reaction to the news that he allegedly died at the hands of his own mother was utter rejection and shock.
But that's exactly what investigators say Julie Schenecker confessed to. Cops say she told them she shot and killed her son and daughter on Friday for mouthing off.
"I didn't think that it was real. I didn't want it to happen," Romeo said.
Romeo's thoughts are very similar to Beau's sister, Calyx's friend, Cristina Yelvington.
"She was just about the most perfect person you'll ever meet. She was beautiful, physically and mentally," Yelvington said. "I just sat at home and tried to process it. It's hard."
It's quite possibly the hardest chapter the teens will ever face. That's why many showed up to a grief counseling session held Saturday afternoon.
Charnae Davis came in hopes of finding some relief for the pain she felt when she heard of Beau's death.
"I just started to cry because he sits right in front of me in my second period class," Davis said. "It helps me out a little bit, but still, I don't think we'll ever get over this."
"It's going to be good to get some of it out but there's always going to be something left inside of you," Romeo said. "It's really going to change everybody."
Though some said the counseling session at least helped them see they're not alone in their pain, they also admitted that it's hard to make peace with the past when the past changes the future forever.
"It really won't be the same anymore," Davis said.
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