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Vigil Tuesday Night For 14-Year-Old, Katlin Combs Killed By DWI Driver

11:27 PM, Feb 19, 2013   |    comments
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Welcome, NC -- Katlin Combs died in a head-on collision Sunday evening in Davidson County when a drunk driver hit the car she was riding in.

Three other people are still in the hospital following the wreck, including the driver, who is facing DWI charges.

The State Highway Patrol told WFMY News 2 the crash happened on Welcome-Bethesda Road near Hinkle Road.

Read here: Davidson County Teenager Katlin Combs Killed In Head-On Crash By DWI Driver

There was a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. Tuesday to honor Katlin at the crash site. Roughly, 100 people showed up.

Family, friends, and members from North Davidson Middle School, where Katlin was a former student brought flowers, candles, and stuffed animals.

Jason Bates, Katlin's father said, "I just like to ask folks just to think before they get impaired and want to drive, just think because it cost my 14-year-old girl her life."

Both her parents told News 2's Liz Crawford that her six younger siblings can't understand why their big sister won't be coming home.

"Right now, I feel, I have an empty hole. It's like my heart's been ripped out. It'll never be filled," said Vickie Litteral, Katlin's mother.

If you could like to help Katlin's family cover the sudden expense of her funeral cost, please contact her grandmother, Angie Bates at (336) 752-2795.

The school sent this statement to WFMY News 2 Monday:

We are deeply saddened by the loss of Katlin Combs, eighth grade student at North Davidson Middle School that was involved in a car accident.

Our focus is on supporting the family and the students and staff of North Davidson Middle School. Guidance counselors, social workers, and support staff are on campus this morning to provide counseling and support for the staff and students.

We are asking our school community for their thoughts and prayers for Katlin's family and for our family of students and staff at North Davidson Middle School.

A makeshift memorial was already at the crash site where friends and family placed flowers and stuffed animals on Monday afternoon.

WFMY News 2, NC State Highway Patrol

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