Mustangs Mourn the Loss of Students Jake Keifer, Rhegan Sajben

Mustangs are mourning the loss of two students who lost their lives in a car crash Sunday, Nov. 14.

Jacob “Jake” Keifer, sophomore
Rhegan Sajben, sophomore

Jacob “Jake” Keifer, sophomore, was born Feb. 17, 2006. He participated in water sports, collected Yeti coolers and enjoyed supporting MHS sports teams however possible.

His friends described him as an entertaining, goofy person who did whatever he could to make others laugh and be happy.

Rhegan Sajben, sophomore, was born Feb. 24, 2006. She was involved in track and volleyball at MHS and had recently joined a new club volleyball team.

Her friends described her as a quick-witted, incredibly joyful person who loved to laugh and put a smile on everyone’s faces.

Sophomore Principal Dr. Julie Spurgeon characterized them both as wonderful students and members of the school community.

“Both Rhegan and Jake were two incredible students who brought a special spirit to their friends, peers, teams and community,” Dr. Spurgeon said. “We will keep everyone in our thoughts and prayers and continue to take care of our students, staff and community.”

Two other MHS students were also involved in the crash that occurred at about 4 a.m. Sunday morning on Kiefer Creek Road near Forest Valley Drive. They were hospitalized following the crash and are in recovery.

Principal Dr. Steve Hankins wrote in an email to the MHS community Sunday evening that numerous school counselors will be available to students as long as they are needed.

“I fully understand that people will respond in different ways as a result of this tragedy,” Dr. Hankins wrote. “The most important thing I want our students, staff and community to know is that we are here for you. We’ll do everything possible to continue supporting those around us in the coming days.”

The school Guidance Office along with district staff are available for students and staff who need support. 

There will be a candlelight vigil 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, at the MHS bonfire pit in memory of those students who lost their lives.

Updated on Nov. 18

Visitation services for Sajben will take place Sunday, Nov. 21, from 1 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Schrader Funeral Home and Crematory, located at 14960 Manchester Rd. Her funeral mass will be Monday, Nov. 22, at 10 a.m. at Holy Infant Catholic Church, located at 627 Dennison Dr.

For more information on the services, click here.

Visitation services for Keifer will take place on Saturday, Nov. 27, from 1 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Kutis Affton Chapel, located at 10151 Gravois Rd. Funeral services for Keifer will be private.

For more information on the service, click here.

Vendt has been released from the hospital and is back home with his family. Esparza is continuing to make progress in her recovery.

This story will continue to be updated as information is provided.