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UPDATE: Funeral arrangements set for Heritage High graduate killed in Alabama car crash

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CATOOSA COUNTY, GA (WRCB) -

UPDATE: Funeral arrangements for Katie Beth Carter are:

Visitation from 4-7pm at City Church in Chattanooga with the funeral to follow at 7:00pm on Thursday, September 8.


PREVIOUS STORY: A recent Heritage High School student died Monday from injuries she received in a crash with a semi in Alabama, according to the Alabama Highway Patrol.

Katie Beth Carter, 18, was airlifted from the crash scene in Piedmont, AL, Monday to Grady Memorial Hospital in Georgia.

Carter was pronounced dead about 6:00 p.m. at the hospital.     

Dozens of messages from students and staff at Heritage High School in Catoosa County filled banners. 

"I'm a parent of three children and as a parent, losing a child is something I can't even think about," Principal Ronnie Bradford of Heritage High School said.

Principal Bradford has known Katie Carter's family since she was a baby. He just saw her on Friday after she came home from Jacksonville State University for the weekend.

"She may be one of the kindest people that we've all ever met. That's what you're going to hear about her that she's an incredibly strong Christian," Bradford said.

Katie was on her way back to school when Alabama state troopers said a tractor trailer hit her around 3:40 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 278 and Roy Webb Road. That's about 10 miles north of Jacksonville.

A chopper rushed her to the hospital, but she did not make it.

The tractor trailer's driver was not injured, but was taken to a nearby hospital for examination and treatment as a precautionary measure, according to local officials. The cause of the crash is under investigation.

The college freshman performed for the first time as a Marching Ballerina at the college's first football game last Thursday.

At Heritage High School, she was known as Kind Katie, a dancer, and the football team's manager.

She was also in coach E.K. Slaughter's leadership class last spring.

"It's just tough. I mean it's not something you plan for. It's not something you ever want to have to deal with. The one thing that gives us hope in these times is just knowing how great her faith was," Coach E.K. Slaughter said.

Slaughter told Channel 3 Katie made quite the impact while at Heritage High.

Sometime last spring, she brought in a piece of paper for every person in her leadership class. Each one had a word and a Bible verse that she thought represented them.

"I put it in my wallet as soon as I got it and i never took it and I don't plan on ever taking it out," Ethan Burns, a Heritage High School student said.

Now that means even more for Burns. He was in her leadership class last year.

"This letter means more to me than it ever will now," Burns said.

Katie's family along with students at the high school want to set up a scholarship fund to keep her memory alive.

The school's principal said they'll be having a candlelight vigil in honor of Katie on Wednesday at 8:30pm on the Heritage High band field.

Friday night's football game will also be dedicated to the young woman.

Jacksonville State University issued a release Tuesday:

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