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Classmates frustrated, angry about wreck that killed Argyle girl

ARGLYE -- Anger and frustration are among the emotions expressed Tuesday by Argyle Middle School students grieving a classmate who died Easter Sunday in a wreck involving a man suspected of driving drunk.

Grief counselors were at the school for a second Tuesday to help students cope with the loss of 13-year-old Autumn Caudle.

The eighth grader died Sunday morning at a Dallas hospital. Her mother, Kandace Hull, 33, died at the scene of wreck on Interstate 35E in Lewisville.

John Patrick Barton, 29, of Lewisville, thrice convicted of driving while intoxicated, now faces murder charges because of the wreck.

Classmates and teachers on Tuesday struggled to understand why he was able to drive.

"Students, parents and teachers see this as a senseless tragedy," Telena Wright, Argyle schools superintendent. "To us it could have been prevented."

Witnesses told investigators that Barton was speeding and driving erratically about 2 a.m. on northbound Interstate 35E in Lewisville.

The witnesses said the that the black Mazda he was driving slammed into the back of a red Nissan sedan driven by Autumn's mother.

Hull was pronounced dead at the scene, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office. Autumn died at 10:22 a.m. Sunday at Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.

Anthony Hull, 33, Kandace's husband, and two other children, a son, 12, and daughter, 16, all survived the wreck, but were hospitalized.

Co-workers of Kandace Hull, who worked for Fort Worth-based PhysAssist Scribes as a medical transcriptionist, have set up a memorial fund for her family through Wells Fargo Bank.

Donations to the "Hull Family Memorial Fund" can be made any at Wells Fargo branch, a bank spokeswoman said. Anyone with questions can call Alex Geesbreght, chief executive officer at PhysAssist, 817-496-9700.

Check back for more details on the community's reaction to the deaths and Barton's criminal background.

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