Etowah City School community remembering student killed in jet ski accident
The Etowah City School community is mourning the loss of one of their own after a student died tragically in a jet-ski accident last week.
Students and staff members say the halls will be a little emptier this upcoming school year.
"I still can't believe it's real," said one classmate, Kaitlyn Rogers.
That's because they're now dealing with the loss of one of their best and brightest students, incoming 7th grader Brianna Webb.
"We're all mourning over Brianna's loss and my heart goes out to the family," technology teacher Debbie Lennex told Channel 3.
Brianna was killed in a jet ski crash while on a family trip in Pensacola, Florida last week.
Classmates and staff members are now remembering how her sweet, outgoing spirit filled the hallways at school.
"She was a great basketball player, a cheerleader she was very outgoing very friendly and always willing to help other students," Lennex recalled.
"She was probably one of the best people I've ever met. She always left a mark on everyone she met," fellow cheer squad member Yasmene Muñoz said of Webb.
As a very involved student, friends say she touched so many in their small community in such a big way.
"She was a nice, loving person and whenever someone was sick or hurt, she always was the first one there to help," Rogers said.
Now, instead of preparing for the academic year that lies ahead, classmates of Brianna are preparing for her funeral. They spent Wednesday picking out flowers that will be placed on her casket.
"I picked a peach rose because it was beautiful just like her," Rogers told Channel 3. "I picked out just like a dandelion and it was pink," Muñoz said.
Brianna's teachers for the next two days will work to put together a video montage of students and staff members' fondest memories of her.
"Memories, messages, ways for the family to maybe have a glimpse of her life that they may not have seen," Lennex explained.
The video will also serve as a way to say goodbye to a student peers say kept the hallways at Etowah warm and the classroom--full of life.
Family members of Brianna say no date has been set for the funeral but it will be held at Serenity Funeral Home.
The funeral home is currently accepting donations that will go toward the funeral arrangements.
A GoFundMe page has been set up for donations. You can also donate by calling the funeral home at (423) 263-6700.