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Community members hold candlelight vigil for Trico teens

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CAMPBELL HILL, ILL. -- Dozens of community members remember the lives of two teens. 

A sea of about 250 lights shined across the lawn of Trico High School. Students, parents, facility and community members all came together Thursday night for a candlelight vigil to remember the lives of Kennedy Anderson and Staci Harsy. Tears were shed and hugs were a plenty.

Lutheran Minister Debbie Rathert spoke on behalf of the families reading passages from Ecclesiastes in the Bible. Then closing with a prayer of kind words, "We are going to miss those two smiling faces. Those two girls who could light up a room by just being in it." 

A memorial also now marks the spot where  Anderson and Harsy lost their lives, a few miles from the school on Wine Hill Road. Deputies say Wednesday morning the car the girls were driving slammed into a telephone pole, just two weeks before the first day of their senior year.

Superintendent Larry Lovel also spoke during the vigil,  commending the girl's classmates for leaning on each other in a time of need. "We are one family made up of six communities," he said. 

At the end of the night, attendees sang  "Amazing Grace", turning into a sea of voices.

Public Services for Kennedy and Staci will be held at Trico High School's gymnasium August 4th at 2 p.m. Superintendent Lovel will officiate the service. 

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