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'I just want them to feel better' Local Girl Scouts show solidarity with Wisconsin 'sisters' after fatal crash

  • Scouts from several Johnston City Girl Scout Troops met at the city's Community Center Wednesday evening to create cards and hold a candlelight vigil to honor their Wisconsin "sisters" killed an injured in last week's tragedy.

    Scouts from several Johnston City Girl Scout Troops met at the city's Community Center Wednesday evening to create cards and hold a candlelight vigil to honor their Wisconsin "sisters" killed an injured in last week's tragedy.
    Holly Kee photo

  • Aniesha Cruz works intently on her card to be sent to her Wisconsin Girls Scout "sisters" as a show of solidarity after last weeek's tragedy that left four dead and one seriously injured.

    Aniesha Cruz works intently on her card to be sent to her Wisconsin Girls Scout "sisters" as a show of solidarity after last weeek's tragedy that left four dead and one seriously injured.
    Holly Kee photo

 
BY HOLLY KEE
hkee@localsouthernnews.com
Posted on 11/16/2018, 1:15 PM

JOHNSTON CITY -- About a dozen Girl Scouts, along with their siblings, parents, and leaders, braved the early snow Wednesday evening to hold a candlelight vigil to honor the victims of a hit and run in Wisconsin last week.

According to ABC News, three Wisconsin scouts were killed in an alleged hit and run and the 21-year-old suspected driver admitted to "huffing" just before the crash.

Jayna Kelley, 9; Autumn Helgeson, 10; Haylee Hickle, 10, and her mother, Sara Jo Schneider, 32, were all killed in the incident. Another 10-year-old girl was struck and hospitalized.

The scouts were picking up trash along a county highway in Wisconsin when they were struck.

The group met at Johnston City's newly-renovated Community Center for the event.

Joana Beno, service leader for east Williamson County, said her initial reaction to hearing about the tragedy was absolute shock and disbelief.

"Our girls do a lot of community service projects like that and the thought that something like that could happen was just horrible," she said.

Beno said holding the vigil where the girls also made homemade cards to send to the Wisconsin Troop was a "show of unity."

"We're all sisters," she said.

It seemed as the Johnston City Scouts had that message in mind as they created cards full of flowers, hearts, and rainbows along with simple messages of kindness.

"I just want them to feel better," said Raylynn Hoffard, adding another layer to the rainbow on her card.