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Friends and family mourn loss of teen

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A makeshift memorial now stands where the crash took place A makeshift memorial now stands where the crash took place
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

It was standing room only at the Owens Cross Roads Church of Christ, where Erin Clark was a member.

On Saturday, her fellow classmates and family gathered there to mourn her loss and pray for the other teens involved in the wreck.

Clark and two of her friends were headed down Poplar Ridge Road early Saturday morning when the car went off the road and struck a utility pole. Clark died in the crash. The other two teens were airlifted to Huntsville Hospital.

"I heard the news this morning (Saturday). When my mom told me, I just covered my eyes and started crying," said Hannah Hill, who was a teammate of Clark's on the softball team at New Hope High School.

"The first time I met her, I knew she was going to be my role model because she was always happy. You could text her and say ‘hey, I'm having a bad day' and she would cheer you up. She was just one of those people."

A makeshift memorial now stands where the crash took place. Family and friends chose to decorate the memorial with purple flowers because that was Clark's favorite color.

Hill added, "It takes a lot to wrap your mind around the fact that she is not going to be there and you are never going to see her. I think when we go back to school, people are going to be crying, and I know softball is going to be so weird."

Family members, friends and fellow classmates gathered at Clark's church for a prayer vigil. It was clear the community struggled with her loss.

Those who knew her say things just won't be the same without Erin Clark.

Additional counselors will be available for the students and staff at New Hope High School on Monday to assist those who need it.

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