Kelsy McGill, 18, and Patrick Boylan, 19, were best friends who died tragically in a freak motorcycle accident in the parking lot of their South Suburban high school on Friday night.
Students and faculty gathered at the spot outside Crete-Monee High School, fighting back tears and left to deal with the loss two friends.
“She was very talented,” McGill’s close friend Amy Carollo said. “She was one of those friends you wanted to be around. She was always so happy.”
Friends describe McGill as as kind and caring student interested in the cosmetology field.
“Kelsey certainly was soft, sweet, precious counterpart to Pat,” said Ian’s mother Kathy Carter-Young.
Boylan’s friend Ian Young described him as a fun, boisterous young man who was the exact opposite of McGill.
“Pat would be mad at us all for crying and tell us to get over it,” Young said. “Suck it up. In fact he wouldn’t say it very nicely.”
In the midst of such a great tragedy, this group of tightly knit friends found moments of laughter and comfort. One of those moments came from reading the devotional book McGill was reading as friends turned to the page she had bookmarked.
“The greatest blessing is nearness to me abundant joy and peace in my presence,” Young read out loud. “Practice praising and thanking me continually throughout this day.
“She was reading about heaven,” Carter-Young said. “I think one moment they were together and the next they were in Jesus’ arms, and I think they’re all good. They’re all good.”