MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. – The Medical Lake community came together at Redemption Church Monday night for a candlelight vigil to honor one of their classmates who was killed in a crash over the weekend.
Officials said female passenger Journey Tueller, 17, from Reardan, Washington, died at the scene of the crash at Highway 2 and Wood Road, six miles west of Airway Heights. Three other teens in the vehicle were transported to Sacred Heart Medical Center with serious injuries. They are 14-year-old Savannah S. Sutton, 15-year-old Laci R. Sica and and 17-year-old Lauren H. Gross, officials said.
Troopers say the teens' car failed to stop a stop sign before pulling onto the highway. The driver of the truck was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The vigil lasted about an hour and filled the church with songs and prayer. They also prayed for the three other girls involved in the crash.
"It's times like these where we know for a fact that the worst thing we can do is isolate ourselves. We need each other, we need our friendships so that's part of the big reason why we're here tonight. But if there's anything I can encourage you with it's that even if you are hurting inside, I can guarantee you all of us in some way as you sit in these pews or I stand up here, there's pain inside of us. Do not isolate yourself," said Youth Pastor Jared Wright.
There were also counselors available for students to sit and talk with after the vigil. The Facebook group 'Volunteers for Medical Lake' is growing in size as well. The page has information on how the community is raising money and supporting victim’s families after this tragic loss.