Candlelight prayer vigil held for Evansville teen who died in car crash

Updated: Nov. 1, 2020 at 11:51 PM CST
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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.

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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.

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