Medical Lake students wear yellow to honor classmate killed in car crash
MEDICAL LAKE, Wash. — Medical Lake students and staff are honoring a student killed in a car crash this weekend and praying for the others who survived.
That deadly crash happened early Saturday morning on Highway 2 in Airway Heights. Three girls were seriously injured and 17-year-old Journey Tueller did not survive.The girls in the car were members of the Medical Lake High School track team, on their way to a competition.
Monday, the high school offered counselors and safe areas to support students who are grieving.
“It’s melancholy. There’s just this level of sadness,” said Medical Lake Superintendent Tim Ames.
Students and staff remember Tueller as a bright light at the high school.
“She had a beautiful smile. Very charismatic. Great kid, great teammate. Everybody liked her,” Ames said.
Now, three other girls are in the hospital. One of them is fighting for her life.
“We have one that’s in extreme critical condition that, I believe, the next 72 hours are really important for her,” said Ames.
On Monday, Students and staff wore the track team’s color yellow to remember Journey and support their classmates in recovery.
“That’s what they wear on their game days and wear throughout to be recognized as a track member. So, yellow’s the color this year and that’s why it’s important,” said Ames.
Ames added that the support from the community has been incredible; support for both the school and Tueller’s family.
“They’re thankful. They feel blessed. They know they’ll see her again,” he said.
Two vigils are planned to honor Tueller’s life. The first is Monday night at redemption church at 6 p.m. for students and their families. Another vigil will be held for any community members who want to attend Wednesday after the home track meet at Medical Lake High School.
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