BURLESON -- "We don't think it's real. We think she's still here, but she's not," said Meagan Obergon, who is about to be a senior at Burleson Centennial High School, about her friend and classmate Tylar Batchelor. "Coming together is a way to celebrate her life and what she did."
What Tylar did was make people smile.
"She was always energetic, always had a joke to tell, always had a story," said classmate Jaime Ayala. "She always wanted donuts, and she'd ask you over and over to take her to the donut shop. Finally, you'd just give in."
Friend Alex Britton said simply, "She was always in a happy mood. Didn't have a care in the world. I never met that girl that she was in a bad mood."
The 17-year-old Centennial senior was spending the night at her brother's home in Colleyville. Around 1 a.m. the house went up in flames and Tylar was trapped upstairs. The rest of the family escaped, but Tylar and her dog did not.
"She was only with us for 17 years, but made a big impact on us," said friend Dylan Morgan.
Classmates held a vigil for her Friday night, writing messages to her on a big sign, then releasing balloons into the sky over the high school. They met on the soccer field, where Tylar had played.
Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. they are holding a donation drive at the high school for the surviving family members.
"Everybody is going to be praying for them and be by their side through everything," Jaime said. "If they need anything, we're always here for them and always will be. She was an amazing girl."