WILLIAMSON COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Hundreds of family and friends paid tribute to the three teenagers killed in a car crash over the Christmas holiday.
The student-led vigil was held Wednesday at Centennial High School where Nickell Whitson, Adrian Williams and Anisah Bourriague each attended.
Bourriague’s little sister, 13-year-old Ally Bourriague, told News 2 the vigil meant a lot to her and her family.
“It’s a really big deal to me that everyone in the community is coming out to support Adrian, Nickell and Anisah,” she said.
The 13-year-old was surrounded by support from her friends and family members who are grieving the loss of 16-year-old Anisah, whose life will be celebrated at the school Thursday morning .
“She’s a great person. Her smile is just amazing. You’ll never see her not smiling,” Ally told News 2. “She’s just a beautiful person.”
When asked about the moment she heard the tragic news, Ally said, “I didn’t think it was true at first. I didn’t believe it. It’s crazy; it doesn’t seem real and true at all.”
Her sister Anisah will be laid to rest in Sweden, where she was born, at a later date.
The vigil began at 6 p.m. but the doors were open at 4 p.m. even though the school is on break to have counselors on hand to help any students in need.
Several came to the vigil directly after attending the funeral of 17-year-old Whitson, a football player at Centennial.
“The past few days, nothing feels the same anymore. It doesn’t feel real. It hasn’t hit me that they’re gone yet,” said Ansley Pierson, a senior at the school. “Tonight, I’m here to support their families and my friends and live on with their memories.”
“They were all very close friends to me.I’m here to support their family, to support my friends, because I want them all to know that we’re together and we’re not alone,” said sophomore Jailene Castro.
All three were found in a car submerged in Rutherford Creek off Carters Creek Pike on Christmas Eve. First responders believe the car crashed during severe storms the night before but wasn’t found until the following day.
On Tuesday, News 2 spoke to Whitson’s little brother, whose birthday was also Christmas Eve. Click here to see what he had to say.