Community mourns loss of teens killed in car crash

The town of Wilmington continues to mourn the loss of four teens who were killed when the car  they were riding in plunged into a creek.

Friends, family and members of the community gather tonight at a church in Wilmington.  It was a quickly-planned memorial service, filled with hugs and tears and memories and a loss, too big for one small town.

Gone are 15-year olds Micalah Sembach and  Cody Carter, 14-year-old Matt Bailey and 17-year-old Cheyenne Fender, four high school pals who went missing overnight, as friends and family frantically texted and called and searched.

wilmington-victims-teensEarly Tuesday morning, a bus driver passing Forked Creek saw a wheel poking out of the water and a desperate search came to an abrupt and horrifying end.

“Something we definitely cannot plan or prepare for.. The city of Wilmington suffered a great loss today,” Mayor Marty Orr said.

It’s not clear yet how their two-door Mitsubishi wound up in the creek, but there may have been standing water, even ice, on the road.”

Visitation for Cody Carter will be at the R.W. Patterson Funeral Homes, Ltd. & Crematory, Braidwood Chapel, Saturday, March 16, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Funeral service will also be Saturday, March 16, at 1:00 p.m.

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