Less than 24 hours after students at Etowah High School lost a classmate, hundreds gathered at the school to hold a candlelight vigil to honor her life.
Shania "Lucy" Boettcher, 18, died after the car she was riding in flipped multiple times on Interstate 285 near Chamblee-Dunwoody Road.
Dunwoody police said the driver, Shauna Clausen, 17, also a student at Etowah High School, lost control, overcorrected and caused the car to flip. According to police, Clausen was distracted at some point by the passengers and lost control. Clausen's boyfriend, Darius Valcarcel, 22, was also killed in the crash. Valcarcel is a recent graduate of Etowah High School.
"I am not sure why he [God] took her from us right now, just be strong, OK guys, she loves all of y'all," Anthony White said. White was also in the car. He suffered minor injuries but spoke at Wednesday's candlelight vigil.
"Just for everyone on the road out there, just be safe guys. And we pray we will be smart and use our heads when thinking, and seat belts at all times," White said.
Hundreds attended the vigil, including a lot of parents. This has a lot of them having serious talks with their children.
"It is terrifying," Rose Glass said. Glass' daughter, Skyler, was friends with Boettcher and can't believe what happened.
"It terrifies me they are leaving to go to college and I won't be with them anymore," Glass said.
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Tuesday, April 20 2010 11:21 PM EDT2010-04-21 03:21:00 GMT
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