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Hickory Ridge High School prays for student who died in car wreck

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CABARRUS COUNTY, NC (WBTV) -

A Cabarrus County community is mourning the death of a high school student.  Three students were in a car wreck Friday and the passenger Katelyn Ziglar died.  She was 16 years old, a tennis player and a junior at Hickory Ridge High School.

Sunday a couple hundred people gathered outside of the school for a prayer service given by pastors from surrounding churches.

At Hickory Ridge High School, they're known as the bulls. A black bull statue stands guard out front and also stands guard of the makeshift memorial for junior Katelyn Ziglar.

Friday she died in a car wreck. She was with two other students on Lower Rocky River Road. She was a passenger. Highway Patrol said Ziglar and her two friends driver Grant Lucas and Eric Fox didn't wear seat belts.

"We pray for these two young men as they are recovering in area hospitals," said one pastor during the prayer service.

Sunday night the community at the Harrisburg area high school gathered to say goodbye to Katelyn.

"Things that were really important to us a few days ago, some of those have faded," said Pastor David Henderson of Venture Church, "They're just not that important any more."
 
Teachers, parents and classmates added to her memorial, and gave each other much needed comfort.

"We lift up Katelyn's parents, her brothers," said another pastor.

Katelyn had two brothers and was a member of the tennis team.

"We're slowly grieving. We're going to learn how to deal with and honor Katelyn in it all. Cause that's what's most important," said Kaylee Graham, tennis team captain, "She was a great team member and could be nice to anyone and everyone."

Graham said the team got together on Saturday.

"When we found out it was scary getting in car right after I heard and going," said tennis player, Emma Jones, "I actually drove on the same road it happened the next day. It's just scary."

Monday school starts.

"I think it's going to be hard. It's definitely going to be different going to practice and her not being there," said Jones.
 
They lit candles in her memory and vowed to learn from what happened.

"But I guess you just have to be safe in the car," said Jones, "Wear your seat belt."

Katelyn Ziglar attended Laurel Baptist Church. The church has set up a memorial fund in her name.  Funeral services have not yet been announced.

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