Loved ones hold vigil for teen crash victim

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A crowd of people gathered Tuesday evening to remember a young life that ended suddenly over the weekend.

18-year-old Briana Luckenbill of Virginia Beach died in a six-car pile-up on Interstate 64 in Hampton just before midnight Saturday. Her friends and loved ones held a candlelight vigil in her honor at the Kroger Marketplace parking lot off Holland Road where she often met with her friends for their car club. Attendees brought balloons of her favorite color, purple, and candles.

Photo of Briana Luckenbill provided by a friend.
Photo of Briana Luckenbill provided by a friend.

Photos: Vigil held for teen killed in crash

“We felt like she deserved to be remembered this way for what she loved, friends, family and everything she stood for,” said friend Kahlil Murrow.

At every turn in the Kroger parking lot, people were doing something to remember Luckenbill. Some signed a memorial banner, others tied purple balloons to their cars, and everyone shared memories. Members of several car clubs also came out in Luckenbill’s honor.

“She was a great person to be around because of the energy she gave off,” said Murrow. “She was always positive, and always there for anybody who needed her. She would put her own personal problems aside to help someone else.”

Luckenbill’s mother said she was overwhelmed at the outpouring of support and love so many people showed her daughter.

“I started crying when I saw all the cars,” said Amy Luckenbill-Wheeler. I can’t believe that all these people came here to support her. I had no idea the amount of people that she impacted and how many people cared for her. It means so much to me.”

“It doesn’t hurt. I am more in a happy pain because she knew she was going to be gone and she died doing something she loved,” said friend Megan Cheatham.

Luckenbill’s funeral will be this Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at 1861 Kempsville Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23464. Luckenbill’s friends and family are accepting donations to help pay for her funeral cost. Click here for the fundraising site. Donations can also be made at any Suntrust Bank.

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