Candlelight Vigil Held to Honor Lubbock-Cooper High Student - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

9/5/08

Candlelight Vigil Held to Honor Lubbock-Cooper High Student

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More than 100 people gathered to hold candles and remember the life of a Lubbock-Cooper High School student killed in a car accident earlier this week.

Kelsey Vines, 18, died Tuesday in a car accident near 158th and Indiana. Her twin sister Kayla was also in the car. She suffered minor injuries. Investigators say an asphalt truck veered into the Vines's car, possibly due to a problem with the truck's steering mechanism.

Friday night, many gathered for a candlelight vigil for Kelsey vines.  Many who attended Kelsey's visitation then walked outside Lakeridge Chapel to take part in vigil.

Friends spoke of teen who loved basketball, her friends and, most off all, life. However, one of the most touching moments was when her parents and twin sister Kayla, who is in a wheel chair, walked into the middle of the circle. Mr. Vines thanked everyone for their support and prayers.

Friends tell NewsChannel 11 Kelsey truly had a love for life. Long time friend Kimberli Harger said, "We were the fabulous five." "It was us, Kelsey and Kayla. We were always together," April Ehlers said. Really since basketball started we're with each other all the time and it's just going to be really hard," Ehlers added.

"She loves everyone. If she just met you right now she would love you," Harger said. "I think just really sitting in her room and really seeing the pictures of everybody," Friend Brandi Dewaters said between tears.

The vigil closed with the entire group saying the Lord's Prayer followed by music including Amazing Grace.

Friday's football game was cancelled in honor of Kelsey. It has been rescheduled for October 3rd. Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 11 a.m. at Indiana Avenue Baptist Church.

Meanwhile, a memorial fund has been set up in Kelsey's name. You can donate at any branch of City Bank.

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