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Community mourns the loss of three teens

Updated: Tuesday, January 21 2014, 12:04 AM EST

Hancock County, WV --

"It's something that no parent wants to go through,” Lori Butcher said through her tears. “It's the worst day of your life."


On Monday night Butcher mourned the loss of her daughter Kristyn while surrounded by hundreds of others from the Ohio Valley.


“One of her friend's called me on the phone and said she got into an accident and I got out of the chair and the police officer was at the door,” said Butcher. “I just thought she was in an accident."


For Butcher and hundreds of others attending a vigil on Monday night, the crash that claimed the lives of Kristyn Butcher, Kaylin Rice, and John Emmett Snow III was still hard to comprehend.


"She was beautiful, she smiled at everybody, she had so many friends and she was so bubbly,” said Butcher of her daughter Kristyn. “She wanted to go to college and she had lots of goals. She was just wonderful."


Investigators say Kristyn along with her friends Rice, and Snow had just left a basketball game when they collided with a New Manchester Volunteer Fire Truck along Route 8 in Hancock County.


"I'm going to miss them all and I hope their legacy lives on because they were great people," said Tyler Campbell, a friend.


"It's been heartbreaking and it doesn't feel like it's real yet… until we see everyone here," said Autumn Moninger.


The past two days have been difficult, but some of the songs, prayer and hugs eased the pain, if only for a moment.


"It's good that we're out here to show support for them because they all meant very much to all of us," said Lydia Groves.


"I just hope they are here right now and I just want them to know that we love them and we need them right now," said Mollie Williams, an organizer of the vigil.


The tributes and hundreds in attendance were overwhelming for the families struggling with the loss of their loved ones.


"This community has done so much,” said Butcher. “Kristyn would be so overjoyed to see all these people out for her."

From Saturday:

The crash happened at about 9 p.m. Saturday near the intersection of Route 8 and Tomlinson Run State Park.


Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher says 16-year-old Kristyn Butcher was driving a vehicle southbound when she pulled into the northbound lane attempting to overtake another vehicle.


"Evidence on the roadway, in conjunction with the witness statements, indicates the passenger vehicle attempted to pull back into the southbound lane, however unsuccessfully," said Fletcher.


Butcher, the driver of the vehicle; 16-year-old Kaylin Blake Rice of Chester; and 16-year-old John Emmett Snow III, of New Cumberland, all died in the crash.

Rice and Butcher were pronounced dead at the scene. Snow was taken to East Liverpool Hospital, where he later died.


Three members of the New Manchester VFD were transported to a local hospital, treated and released.


The fire department was responding to a possible chimney fire prior to the crash, according to the sheriff's department.


The Hancock County Sheriff's Department is investigating.


Community mourns the loss of three teens

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