Middle School Holds Memorial for Student Killed in Crash


By Brittany Bivins

People at a Montgomery middle school hold a memorial for an 11-year-old student who was killed in a car crash. They want to make sure the short life of Naycha Knight is never forgotten.

The entire sixth-grade class held baby blue balloons, Naycha Knight's favorite color, as her family looked on.

"I just want to say thank y'all for this nice memorial service for my daughter. I'm lost for words right now, but I want to say thank you," said Byron Knight, speaking to the crowd.

Naycha Knight was killed Sunday in a 2-car crash on I-85 that also killed a 2-year-old girl and injured Knight's best friend, Charletta Griffin. Griffin is still recovering, but her mother was at the memorial.

"Two days after she was up at children's hospital, I went ahead and I told her, you know, that Naycha had passed in the accident, and it crushed her," said Teneha Wilson, Charletta Griffin's mother.

She says her daughter and Naycha Knight were inseparable.

"She was a beautiful person and she loved life, and she had a zest for life," said Wilson.

Songs and poems at the memorial reflected that.

Kaleah Harris sat next to knight in class, and she says her death shocked the entire school.

"I didn't believe them. I said they were lying and I hung up in their face. They called back, and I kept calling her and she didn't answer-so I just cried," Harris said.

Still, Naycha Knight's teachers say this memorial helps give those who loved her a chance to remember.

"The smile, participation in the classroom, she got the other students involved. She likes to help the other kids in the classroom, so we're going to miss that," said Alvin Bell, Knight's math teacher.

Students also released pink balloons for 2-year-old Heaven Brooks, who was killed in the same crash--and red balloons for 12-year-old Charletta Griffin, who will be released from the hospital this weekend.

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