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Memorial fund designated as school mourns teen killed in Lincoln Co.

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LINCOLN COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A Lincoln county girl killed in a wreck on Thursday will be laid to rest Monday.

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According to the Warlick Funeral Home, the funeral for Haley Shay Campbell will be held Monday, May 10 at 1 pm at Denver United Methodist Church. Her family will receive friends following the service. 

Memorials may be made to Latta Equestrian Center, Kids Rein, 6201 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078 or

Emotions were high at a school in Lincoln County on Friday as students and staff grieved the loss of a teen girl killed in a traffic wreck.

Haley, a girl who loved to ride horses, was a passenger in a car with other teens from North Lincoln High School. 

Travis Kennedy Cannon, 16, was driving the Honda when it crashed on N.C. Highway 150 near Henry Dellinger Road. Keirol Velasquez, 16, and Donterious Thompson, 18, were passengers in the car.

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Campbell was taken to the hospital where she later died.

Most of the students and staff had heard about the fatal wreck Thursday night via social media and news reports. 

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On Friday, students returned to school and many were visibly upset about Haley's death.

She had just started school there this year and was a junior.

Principal Marty Helton told, "Haley was a quiet and shy girl."

Helton said Haley was the type of person who took care of other students, and she was a "caregiver."

Haley had a horse she loved dearly and often rode after school. Haley was an only child.

All four students in the Honda were students and they had just left school Thursday afternoon prior to the accident.

Friday morning, Helton said the school observed a moment of silence before the school day started. 

Teachers told the students who wanted to talk about Haley's death to go to the media center where counselors were made available.

Counselors from other Lincoln County schools were also on hand to assist with counseling students. 

Some of the students created cards and signed them in between classes on Friday. They planned to take the cards and other items to Haley's parents at the end of the school day.

Art students at the school also painted a giant boulder on the campus in memory of Haley.

Students and staff also wore purple ribbons.

Helton said Haley sometimes took the bus home, but on Thursday, she decided to ride in Travis Cannon's car. He was going to drop Haley off at a pasture so she could ride her horse. 

Helton says despite all the staff has done to help students work through this tragedy, it has been extremely difficult.

"In the position I'm in, I'm feeling for the parents, and it's my job to make sure the staff have what they need to know how to deal with this, and to work through this with the students," she said. 

When Helton notified her staff about the situation Thursday night, she told them, "Take care of our kids, take care of our family."

WBTV reporter Sarah Batista spoke to Campbell's father Friday.

He said his daughter was special.

"We wanted Haley more than anything in the world, we could not have children so we adopted Haley at birth and we were in the delivery room when she was born," said Campbell.

Campbell says his daughter loved to be around people, but had a passion for horses and hoped to become a horse trainer one day.

"She was just a great girl and her mother and I are going to miss her more than you can imagine," he said.

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