Vigil held for Craighead County teen killed in car crash

(Source: KAIT-TV)
(Source: KAIT-TV)

LAKE CITY, AR (KAIT) - A high school senior just two weeks away from graduation won't get the chance to walk across the stage.

Emmalei Utley died in a head-on collision on Highway 18 Sunday.

Monday night, classmates, teachers, friends, and family all gathered together in front of Riverside High School to support each other during a tragic time.

There were tears and smiles as everyone remembered Emmalei.

A granddaughter to be proud of, a student to brag about, and a mother who loved her baby more than anything else were just a few ways Emmalei's friends and family described her.

Emmalei's grandmother "Mamaw" Jeannie Meurer raised her since she was little, and now Meurer will raise Emmalei's child.

The Riverside School District said they are still working on the proper way to honor her at the school's graduation ceremony.

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