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Memorial service set for Wa-Hi drama teacher killed in crash

A public memorial is planned Oct. 31 to honor Brian Senter, the Walla Walla High School drama teacher killed after being struck by a car on Saturday.

The service is planned for 11 a.m. at the Walla Walla High School large gym.

A private funeral service is set for Oct. 30 followed by a public graveside.

The cast and crew of the fall drama production the Long Bridge Over Deep Water have elected to go forward with their play as originally scheduled.

Rehearsals resume Oct. 27. A full dress rehearsal is planned for at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at Walla Walla High School Performing Arts Auditorium. Donations for this performance will fund a scholarship account for the drama program in Brian Senter’s honor.

The play’s opening night is 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at the auditorium. The performance schedule is: 7 p.m. Nov. 12-14, 19-20 and 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 21.

Tickets are available after midnight Oct. 27. Purchase tickets online by visiting the Walla Walla High School web site.

Tickets may also be purchased at the high school’s ASB office 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Donations for Nov. 12 drama performance will fund a scholarship account for the drama program in Brian Senter’s honor.

The box office opens one hour prior to performance if tickets are available.

Senter was struck and killed by a car Saturday night while walking on Reser Road. The driver of the pickup that hit him was Jim Kuntz, the Port of Walla Walla’s executive director, according to the Walla Walla Sheriff’s Office said.

Sheriff’s officials say Kuntz was not under the influence.

Senter’s family members say he was suffering an erratic mood prior to the collision. Senter was placed on administrative leave from the school district the day before he was killed. School officials would not say why.

GriefBusters counseling services are available to district staff and students this week.

Senter has worked for the Walla Walla school district since 1999.

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