Angola Mother Consoles Victims' Parents Through Shared Experience

By Megan Trent

March 31, 2011 Updated Mar 31, 2011 at 6:55 PM EDT

ANGOLA, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) An Angola woman who suffered tragedy in her own family is now reaching out to help the families and friends of the four Angola teens killed last weekend in an Alabama car accident.

In August 2008, 15-year-old Michael Diehl died suddenly of a virus that attacked his heart. Riley Zimmer, a friend and classmate of Michael's, wrote an essay in English class about how Michael inspired him to live every day to the fullest. He also wrote a letter to Michael's parents about the impact their son had on him and others around him.

Now, Angie Diehl has returned to Angola High School to console the friends and parents that once consoled her. Diehl says she feels like helping others is God's way of bringing something positive out of her son's death.

Diehl says, "It's bringing back memories of what I went through, so I'm having to deal with those emotions again, but knowing that I'm helping the family with their tragedy and helping the students with their loss - that's a comfort for me."

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