Many gather for vigil on tough evening following death of Harrisonville teen in crash

HARRISONVILLE, Mo. -- A Harrisonville teenager was killed after the driver of a SUV hit him while walking on a sidewalk Tuesday after school. Dozens gathered at a vigil at Harrisonville High School for a vigil in Corey Turner’s honor Wednesday night.

Instead of candles, folks were lighting up the sky with cellphones for Corey.

Shortly after the sang 'Amazing Grace.' The evening was tough for Turner’s loved ones, especially his mother. She called her son a gift she’s had for 14 years, saying he was strong, kind, and respectful. She encouraged the crowd to forgive, and to remember that her son’s death was an accident, and for classmates to live there lives well and to the fullest.

One by one, classmates shared memories and said kind things about Turner calling him the nicest guy they knew. Several local pastors were also on hand to help guide the through their grief.

“A range of emotions with the students and we’ve seen a lot of family togetherness with these students. Being there for one another living on one another arms around each other,” said youth pastor Casey Young of First Baptist Church in Harrisonville.

“There can be healing and there can be hope. God is still good and challenge them to make the most of their lives because they never know what may happen the next day to them or their friends,” said Malachi O’brien, senior pastor with the church of Pleasant Ridge also in Harrisonville.

Some of the students presented some letters written about Corey to his mother at the vigil