EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSREMEMBERING KARISSA
from Eyewitness News Online
Vigil Set For Teen Killed In Route 34 Accident
Reported by: Kristin Keeling
Web Producer: Mamie Buoy
Also Contributing: Bethany Simmons
Reported: May. 20, 2012 10:17 AM EDT
Updated: May. 22, 2012 1:31 PM EDT
Winfield , Putnam County , West Virginia
Friends and family are remembering a college student killed in a car crash over the weekend.
Karissa Ramsey, 19, was reportedly dropping off friends when she crashed just beyond the Route 35 interchange in Putnam county.
Tuesday evening they are gathering at the post office in Cross Lanes at 8pm and plan to walk to one of Karissa's relatives house.
Ramsey was a student at Marshall University and worked at 'Sonic' in St. Albans for three years.
A teenager's life that touched the hearts of so many is now taken. Leaving heavy hearts searching for answers.
"She had more life in her than anyone I probably have ever met," said friend, Angi Gardner. "I was in shock. I'm still in shock honestly."
Around 2:30 Sunday morning, friends say 19-year old Karissa Ramsey was driving her new car to drop off friends along route 34 in Putnam County. At about a mile from the pet cemetery, Karissa somehow wrecked.
Sadly, she was killed in the accident.
Hours later, Karissa's friends say they don't want to believe the news.
"I had about five missed calls and 100 text messages saying Karissa had passed. I was shocked because I was like, there's no way I had just talked to her. I was just with her," explained friend, Kendra Bradford.
Friends say Karissa was a student at Marshall University and worked at Sonic in St. Albans for the past three years.
They say Karissa was more than a friend, she was family. And for them, being back at work won't be the same for a long time. "This place is haunting right now. Because everywhere I look I feel like I see her. Because I remember all of the times that we had," said Gardner.
Kendra Bradford says she only wishes she could have spent a little more time with Karissa. "I feel in my heart that if she would have stayed with me, she would still be here. We could have gone to get something to eat and she would still be here today," she explained.
Her friends say they will never forget Karissa's smile, warm heart and her beauty. And they will try to find comfort by keeping her memory alive in their thoughts and their hearts.
"She's an angel. She's guarding the store, and she's guarding everyone else. And I love her," said Bradford.
Karissa's co-workers at Sonic hope to set up a fund to help Karissa's family.
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