Friday, 16-year-old Hollie Gonsoulin will be laid to rest. The D'Iberville teen passed away less than a week ago from natural causes. Wednesday night, family members and friends gathered to remember her at a candle light vigil at the high school's baseball field.
Her family and friends say it's still hard to believe she's gone.
"There's just no words to say," Natalie Olier said.
"It's just unreal. I don't know how to explain it. I feel like she's just gone somewhere for a little time, and we're just waiting on her to come back home," Jordyn Foster said.
Bridget Stribling was one of the organizers for Hollie's vigil. She felt it was important to take time to remember the impact Hollie had on so many people.
"We felt that she was deserving for this. She was a very special person that touched many of our lives. Hollie was one of those people that if you knew her, you loved her," Stribling said.
"Hollie had such an amazing spirit and I think that we should all remember her in such a good way. She impacted so many lives, so to be able to get together and rejoice those memories and recollect all the time we got to spend with her, I think that's a really amazing thing," Elleigh Wheat said.
It was clear from the crowd that Hollie was loved. While there were plenty of tears, loved ones say they know Hollie has moved on to a better place.
"Everyone has been so gracious and their hearts have been so wonderful reaching out to the family in this most horrible, horrible tragedy. I tell you what, we all have a special angel up there. She's looking out over all of us, every day," Olier said.
Visitation will be held on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Pentecostals of the Gulf Coast Church, followed by a wake at 2 p.m. Immediately following the graveside service, the family will hold a reception at the Woolmarket Community Center.
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