Two Branson High School students died following a vehicle crash early Sunday morning. 

According to a crash report from Missouri State Highway Patrol, Desiree Wolfe, 16, of Branson was headed west on Route F around 1 a.m., one mile east of Merriam Woods, with passenger Zackary Huddleston, 17, also of Branson. According to the report, the vehicle crossed the center of the roadway exiting on the left side before striking several trees and overturning.

Jack Harris, principal at Branson High School, said Wolfe, a junior, and Huddleston, a senior, were cousins, and both heavily involved with activities at school.

“Zack and Desiree were two students who were very involved with a lot of different programs here at Branson High School,” Harris said. “They were involved with our (vocational tech) programming with Zack on track to graduate this spring and Desiree was set to graduate next year.”

According to obituaries from Snapp-Beardon Funeral Home, Wolfe was part of the volleyball, track and cross county teams as well as a member of the flag corp. Huddleston enjoyed weightlifting, football, athletics and fixing cars.

Both Wolfe and Huddleston were pronounced dead at the scene. Neither was listed as wearing a seat belt, according to the report. 

A GoFundMe campaign to help with funeral costs can be found at

(1) comment

Epi Ramirez

I knew the two of them very well. They were cousins and I liked Desiree. Desiree was my mom's friends daughter and Zachary was one of my mom's friends brothers son. I miss them both very much. We all had such fun times, but now they are in a better place, and soon we will see them again.

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