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WEST HILLS, Calif. -- Leaders of the West Valley Christian Church and School said Sunday they were shocked and devastated to learn that the two teens killed in Saturday's plane crash in San Francisco were among about 35 Chinese students planning to be at three-week summer camp the school was set to host starting Monday.

We're "like stunned and kind of numb," said Rev. Glenn Kirby of West Valley Christian Church between morning services. "We didn't know them, hadn't met them yet, but we can imagine what it's like to lose teenagers and our hearts go out to the families."

Derek Swales, administrator of West Valley Christian School, said he first got a text from a third-party who is helping to organize the camp about the plane crash Saturday while he was in a car heading back from San Francisco after a July Fourth celebration.

"We were devastated; is this really happening?," Swales told reporters outside the church Sunday. "Our first response was there is no way there are any survivors on that airplane."

Authorities said one of the girls apparently died in the crash of Asiana Flight 214 on Saturday morning and are investigating whether the second 16-year-old died after being hit by a fire truck responding to the crash.

Although they've confirmed that the two teenage girls who were died were scheduled to attend the camp, "we have no idea how many of the (other) students were burn victims; how many were injured critically," Swales said.

Swales said he had heard the students may not be coming to the summer camp, which is hosted by the


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school and organized by a third party, in light of the tragic crash and said he completely understands.

"If I was a parent, I'd want to be with my kids. I'd want to come here," to the U.S., Swales said.

Swales said the students were all scheduled to stay with host families within the area so they could attend the camp at their school. The church did not assist with placement of families or recruit the teachers in this case, he said.

The camp consisted of English-language and likely American culture classes as well as sight-seeing opportunities for them in the afternoon, including visiting premiere colleges in the area, Swales said.

"They are exceptional students," Swales said. "These are kids that are very driven academically and their parents are putting a great investment for them to come to America for them to learn the English language" and to encourage them to study in the U.S.

Kirby said his church is going to open up their worship center at 7 p.m. Thursday for a community prayer for the victims of the crash.

"It will be a prayer meeting and we'll share whatever updates," he said. "We asked our church to pray...and we're also offering an opportunity to give money" to help the students on that plane and their families in some way.