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Kennard community mourns loss of beloved high school student

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KENNARD, TX (KTRE) - A candle light vigil was held at the Kennard High School softball fields Wednesday night in honor of Sabrina Parker.

Over 100 people gathered at the field where Parker used to play softball. Pictures and memories of Parker's life lined the fence.

“We wanted to pull the school together. Some of the kids who didn't quite understand and didn't have the chance to say goodbye,” said Parker’s cousin, Ashlee Adams.

“We wanted to give them that chance to really come together as a group and talk about their memories with her and lift each other up and remember her in a wonderful way and not how we lost her,” Adams said.

Her teammates, church members, friends and family shared memories of the life of the girl they loved dearly.

A makeshift memorial was also created at the location where Parker died. The Kennard teen was involved in a one-vehicle crash off of FM 2781 on Tuesday.

In just a couple of weeks, Parker would have started her first day of school as a junior at Kennard High School.

Lenora Foy, Parker's principal, said she had a bright future.

"She was taking on more of a leadership role," Foy said. "She was a Christian girl involved in lots of school activities."

Foy remembers the last time she saw Parker.

"I just saw her in the parking lot on Monday, driving," Foy said.

Just like many teens, Parker was excited about driving. On July 21, she posted on Facebook that she had just gotten her driver's license.

A Texas Department of Public Safety preliminary accident report stated Parker drove off of the right side of the roadway, and then over-corrected to the left in the process, skidding into a tree.

Parker was pronounced dead at the scene. Students, family and friends are heartbroken but will keep her memory alive in their hearts.

Parker’s funeral will be held Friday at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church in Kennard.

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