Durant Middle celebrates life of student killed

Lindsey Fesmire

March 29, 2010 9:00:00 PM PDT
Hundreds gathered at Durant Road Middle School Tuesday to celebrate the life of Lindsey Fesmire.The 14-year-old died Friday afternoon after being struck by a SUV on Durant Road.

On Tuesday evening, hundreds slowly filled the football field at Durant Road Middle School grabbing a program, a pin and a candle to honor Fesmire.

"We're not here to mourn Lindsey; we're here to celebrate Lindsey," organizer George Jones said.

Fesmire was a captain on the girl's soccer team at Durant Road Middle. Her co-captain, Mary Boylan says Fesmire always managed to share joy with her teammates.

"She was such a strong leader and was always there for the team," Boylan said. "We were more than a team, we were a family. She was someone I could talk to when I had a bad day and she would never fail to make me laugh and feel better."

She was an example to follow, according to her soccer coach Beth Otto.

"She was morally and spiritually the way," Otto said. "I hope to raise my daughter to be like that."

Language Arts Teacher Retha Clark read parts of an essay Fesmire wrote after experiencing the loss of a family member.

"This experience awoke me to the thought that every day can be your last and to live life with no regrets or fear," Clark said.

Her words now offer some comfort to those now mourning her death.

"Thank you Lindsey for your wisdom and enthusiasm, you are loved and missed," Clark said.

In the meantime, the memorial marking the spot where Fesmire died keeps growing with flowers and stuffed animals and notes of love.

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