EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSClay County Community Comes Together At Vigil
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Reported by: Katy Brown
Web Producer: Heath Harrison
Reported: Aug. 14, 2013 3:57 PM EDT
Updated: Aug. 14, 2013 10:38 PM EDT
Clay , Clay County , West Virginia
Dozens gathered at Clay High School Wednesday to remember Kara Conley, 17, who was killed just a week ago in a car accident.
The community came together and prayed no more tragedy comes to the county.
People came together, to help each other through the hard times.
A community in mourning took time to remember Conley, after her life was taken too soon.
Her former classmate, Jordan Asbury, spoke in front of dozens who gathered at Clay County High Wednesday night.
“It's just about coming together as one and praying for the county," he said.
Just a week ago, Conley died in the car accident, and 10 others in the truck with her were injured.
It was another tough blow in a string of tragic events that the county's been plagued with, and now, more than ever, they need one another.
With the school year beginning in just a few days, the school’s principal, Melinda Isaacs, is preparing to help her students in any way she can.
“Our staff and students both will come back with heavy hearts,” Isaacs said. “One of the best ways we can honor their memory is to take one step in front of another and move forward."
It was the first step to moving forward, bringing the community together ,to lean on one another and to, once again, overcome tragedy.
Isaacs said students are hoping to plant a tree at the school in Conley's memory.
Isaacs will be meeting with her family this upcoming week to talk about how the school can remember the 17-year-old.
The Clay County community is gathering Wednesday night to pray and remember Clay County High School student involved in a deadly accident.
Last week, Kara Conley, 17, of Bomont was killed in a wreck on W.Va. Route 36. Ten others were injured in the crash.
All those involved in the accident were current or former Clay County High students, ranging in age from 14 to 20,
State Police said the Ford F-150 truck was heading south on the road when the driver, Isaac Murphy, 18, lost control. The vehicle went across the road and into a creek before striking a tree.
Five people were riding in the bed of the truck and were ejected.
Six others were in the cab of the vehicle.
Two victims of the crash remain in the hospital. Jesse Walls, who remains in critical condition, and Codie Moore, who is in fair condition.
Three churches are coming together to hold Wednesday night’s vigil, set for 7 p.m. at the Clay County High football field.
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