EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Several members of the community joined in prayer to honor the life of a Vanderburgh County teen on Sunday evening.
16-year-old Lillian Gardner was killed in a car crash on State Road 57 on Thursday. She was a student at North High School.
The high school ministry at Christian Fellowship Church held a prayer vigil in memory of her.
14 News spoke with people who remember Gardner as someone who had an impact on her community.
“She was truly just a genuinely happy person," vigil attendee Lindsey Wilson said. "She was kind to people and she just brought out the best in people.”
“I think it brings up a lot of really hard, tough questions, especially being so young,” another vigil attendee Rachel Evans said. “And her students and peers, some of which maybe haven’t really experienced a lot of death in their own families or in their own lives, so it is just shocking and jarring. And so I think that’s the really important reason why we wanted to have tonight - just for students to be able to come together.”
According to North High School’s official Facebook page, counselors will be available to students and staff next week.