Hundreds gathered Sunday afternoon at Mesa’s Dobson High School to remember Krystal Ebel, 15, and Shayna Linneen, 16, who were killed last week in a lunchtime car crash.
Melted tea candles surrounded a cement school sign, along with flowers, homemade signs and a Tshirt with the words, "We’ll miss you" and the date of the crash, Dec. 9.
"You were one of the coolest girls and no one will ever forget the kind of person you were. You were perfect," said one sign about Ebel. The same sign remembered Linneen with, "I miss you so much, your laugh and your voice and everything about you."
"Why did you leave me and your other best friends?" read another sign featuring a photograph of the writer and a 6-year-old Linneen. "One day I will find out. I love you ‘gurl.’ "
Pieces of orange yarn covered the tables for students to tie around their wrists to remember the girls. A car in the crowded parking lot had Linneen’s name spraypainted on it. Signs also were covered with well-wishes for three other students in the crash.
Attendees read the homemade signs in silence, and wrote memories about the girls in small guest books.
A paper handout for Ebel’s memorial Sunday showed the bright smile of her at various ages with friends and family. One picture showed Ebel’s love for Volkswagens, with a pumpkin carved like a Volkswagen bus. It also included five of her poems.
Ebel, a junior, was an honors student and class president. She was taking extra classes to graduate at the end of this school year and attend Northern Arizona University to study premedicine.
Services for Ebel will be held at 10 a.m. today at Desert Palm United Church of Christ, 1230 W. Guadalupe Road, Tempe.
No information was available on services for Linneen.
Police said Linneen was driving north on Alma School Road near Summit Place in Chandler when her Volkswagen Beetle was cut off by a teen driving a Bajatype vehicle. The Beetle went into oncoming traffic and was hit by a Salvation Army truck.
Ebel died at the scene. Linneen died later that day at Maricopa Medical Center in Phoenix, police said. Three other classmates were injured: Robert Brecht, 17; Anna Shipley, 17; and Tyler Spurbeck, 18. Their conditions were not available Sunday night.