RIO VISTA, Texas - Mourners gathered at Rio Vista High School Thursday night to hold a candle-light vigil for a senior killed in a car wreck Wednesday night and pray for the recovery of three of her friends.
Charlotte Tillision was remembered as different. It was something that her friends liked about her.
It is also something that compelled the 18 year old to lead the Rachel's Challenge program at Rio Vista High School. The program promotes changing the culture by starting a chain reaction of kindness and compassion.
Wednesday night, the senior was killed and three of her friends injured when the Volkswagen Jetta they were in slammed into a tree along a rural road in Rio Vista. The impact of the crash was so violent the vehicle split in half.
"Everybody really loved her," said friend Samantha Langford. "She was a really good person."
Langford went on to say Tillision went out of her way to talk to and befriend students in lower grades who were picked on.
"She was always there for people when they needed her," Langford said.
Colby Bourg, another classmate, agreed.
"She was a really nice person," Bourg said. "She cared for everybody. She wanted everybody to have the best life."
State troopers say the driver of the car, 16-year-old Shelbi Misener, was speeding and lost control of the car before it hit the tree. She was injured in the crash and remains hospitalized. It's not clear if alcohol or drugs were involved.
Rio Vista High School graduate Lance Rejcek and his friend Bryan Kiker, both 19, were also injured in crash. The status of all three injured teens have not been released.
Tillision will leave behind a legacy of helping people.
"[It] wakes you up," another classmate said. "About what you do in your life, and how you live it."