Grief counselors are at a central Kentucky middle school Monday, helping students cope with the loss of a 13-year-old girl.
State police say a car hit Alexis Neace as she tried to run across I-64 in Frankfort. Her friends say they were headed to the movies after it stopped raining.
Neace's classmates at Anderson County Middle School are now dealing with the loss on the last week of school. Neace was a seventh grader at Anderson County Middle.
Neace's cheerleading coach called the 13-year-old a vibrant girl, who grinned ear to ear when she made the team. She had just made the cheerleading squad. School officials say they will not be replacing her position on the squad.
Today students began writing on a bulletin board at the school in her honor, and plan to make scrapbooks about Alexis Neace. School officials say her parents also dropped off her yearbook for friends and teachers to sign.
Neace's cheerleading team also made ribbons to wear in her memory.
Meanwhile, those that live in a subdivision near the accident scene are speaking out about how people cross that interstate frequently.
One of the teenagers with Neace when she was hit, says he crosses I-64 daily to go to the movies, nearby restaurants, or the Walmart. He says now that he has seen just how dangerous this can be, he is encouraging others to think twice before crossing that busy road.
"A lot of the kids in the neighborhood cross and go over to Walmart and take shortcuts. I've been telling them now not to do it", says 16-year-old Steven Owens.
Meanwhile, funeral arrangements have now been set for Alexis Neace.
Her visitation will be from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Farmdale Baptist Church in Frankfort.
Her funeral will follow Thursday morning at 10:30 at the church.
She'll then be buried in the Lawrenceburg Cemetery.