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Candlelight Vigil Set for Trenton Grad Fatally Struck by Car

Former Trenton High School student Jessie Winterholler, 19, tragically passed away on Dec. 7 when she was fatally struck by a car in Walker, MI.

A candle and sky lantern vigil was scheduled for 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16 at Trenton High School for Jessie Winterholler who was fatally struck by a car Friday night.

The vigil was arranged Monday afternoon by several of Winterholler's friends. Those attending the vigil are asked to bring candles.

Guests are asked to meet on the main football field. Several of Winterholler's closest friends are expected to speak and the Trenton High School Concert Band is expected to play music in her honor.

Trenton graduate Matt Mayes, who grew up with Winterholler, met with district officials Monday to arrange the vigil.

"She (Jessie Winterholler) definitely had the most peppy personality out of any of our friends," Mayes said. "She was a peacemaker between everybody. She wanted everybody to get along."

Winterholler was struck by a car as she attempted to cross Three Mile Road in Walker, MI, near where she attended college as a freshman at Grand Valley State University, according to MLive.com.

Mayes said Winterholler was attempting to make peace between two feuding friends at the time she was killed.

There were no charges in the incident at 4:40 p.m. Monday.

Mayes said the vigil was arranged to honor his friend.

"This vigil is for the family to see the support of the community and for the community to have one last good-bye and to send her off with candles," Mayes said.

Donations for Winterholler's family are being collected online at www.gofundme.com.

Visitation services for Jessie Winterholler are scheduled for 1 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12 at The Trenton Chapel of the Martenson Family of Funeral Homes. Burial services are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 13 at Michigan Memorial Park Cemetery, 31263 Huron River Drive, in Huron Township.

A celebration of Jessie Winterholler's life is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 13 at Woodhaven Bible Church, 18650 West Road, in Woodhaven preceding burial services. Winterholler will lie in state at 11:30 a.m. at the church.

Jenn kazmar December 11, 2012 at 01:38 AM
My prayers go out to her family and friends.

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