ATHENS, Ga. - More than 1,000 people gathered Thursday afternoon for an emotional candlelight vigil honoring the four UGA students killed in a crash.
Brittany Feldman, 20, Halle Scott, 19, Kayla Canedo, 19, and Christina Semeria, 19, died Wednesday night when the car they were riding in crossed the center line and crashed into another car. Police say alcohol was not a contributing factor in the crash. The Georgia State Patrol said all of the victims except for Semeria was wearing a seatbelt.
The girls were all from metro Atlanta. Three of them graduated from Milton High School and the other from Dunwoody High School.
What a turnout for the UGA girls 💛 Students & faculty gathered to remember the girls killed in last nights crash. pic.twitter.com/wwoaWJSaO0— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) April 28, 2016
“I feel like all day I’ve just been saying ‘This is a really bad dream that I can’t wake up from,’” said one friend.
Students hugged and held each other up as friend after friend spoke about the impact the girls had on them and the community.
“All the girls would be proud to be a part of this. Everybody here is here because they’ve impacted your life somehow, so impact other people’s lives please,” said another friend.
The president of Alpha Chi Omega, the sorority that both Kayla and Christina were members of, broke down at the podium as she spoke about the girls, who she described as beautiful souls.
“If anything from this tragic situation can bring any peace of mind for me, it’s knowing beyond a shadow of a doubt that these best friends met Jesus together last night,” she said.
Alpha Chi Omega sister talking about Kayla being "her girl", so compassionate, would have been an amazing president. pic.twitter.com/eqLWneEa3i— Rikki Klaus (@RikkiKlausWSB) April 28, 2016
Halle and Christina’s brothers also gave emotional speeches at the vigil.
UGA football coach Kirby Smart released a statement about the wreck, saying:
"Our sincerest condolences go out to the family and friends of the Georgia students involved in the devastating automobile accident Wednesday night. It has brought tragedy to an entire campus and we extend our sincerest sympathy to all those who have been touched by this heartbreaking event."
All you can hear are sniffles from people who can't hold back their tears. Everyone is lighting candles in silence pic.twitter.com/JBeIWC5tc9— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) April 28, 2016
It's now an open mic for students to share their thoughts about the UGA girls. Not a dry eye out here pic.twitter.com/ax9woqPwsJ— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) April 28, 2016
Some students brought flowers to the prayer vigil for the girls. The tone here is absolutely heartbreaking 💔 pic.twitter.com/98fNHBgcSa— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) April 28, 2016
Many are barely holding it together, but are doing their best to pay homage to their dear friends and classmates pic.twitter.com/e7jVr6cDy5— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) April 28, 2016
President of Alpha Chi Omega talks about Kayla & Christina, how they're beautiful souls who are now with God. pic.twitter.com/AWsqttk10s— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) April 28, 2016
Close friend of all the girls breaks down at the podium 😥 pic.twitter.com/trLTnjVT1i— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) April 28, 2016
These are dorm mates of UGA girls killed. They stood up at the podium together & said "Look at all these people!" pic.twitter.com/qm43LAGXFW— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) April 28, 2016
Halle Scott's brother at the podium. Talking about how long he was at the hospital with his sister last night pic.twitter.com/bY3JSYgpFD— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) April 28, 2016
This UGA student led the crowd in singing "Lean on Me", the 1st song here at the vigil. pic.twitter.com/tWUPpjdjt7— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) April 28, 2016
UGA prayer vigil is over, but several students still here singing gospel songs. pic.twitter.com/RL1uelCwI2— Tyisha Fernandes (@TyishaWSB) April 28, 2016
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