Family members tell 27 NEWSFIRST they simply don't know what they'll do without 17-year-old Shawna Taylor. But, they say they're glad her high school is opening its doors to classmates so they can grieve together.
The halls of George Rogers Clark High School will forever feel more empty without the warm and welcoming smile of 17-year-old Shawna Taylor.
"She was a smiler," explained Principal Gordon Parido. "I feel like we lost a smiler today."
The school choir member died Tuesday after she lost control on US 60 and slammed into a telephone pole. Two other girls in the car had only minor injuries.
Even though classes were canceled at GRC due to the weather, school leaders wanted to be there for the many who loved the teen.
"I know there will be a lot of people hurting today," Parido explained. "That's why we're having grief counselors in the library for anyone who wants to talk, or simply gather."
Family members say funeral arrangements have not been made, but services will likely be at Cathedral of God Church in Winchester, where the teen was an active member of the youth group.
Her minister there says the teen was looking forward to graduating and attending Midway College next fall.
Shawna Taylor is survived by her parents, Stephanie and Shawn Taylor, as well as a 14-year-old brother, Stephen.
George Rogers Clark High School has a tribute to Shawna on its webpage. You can find the link below.
Funeral arrangements for Taylor have now been set.
Her visitation will be held from 4 until 8 p.m. Friday at the Church of God Cathedral in Winchester.
The funeral will also be at the church Saturday afternoon at 1.