RALEIGH, N.C. — Grief counselors will be on hand at Raleigh's Wakefield High School Monday as students mourn the loss of a classmate who was killed in a car crash Saturday night.
Jaimee Kellermann, 14, died the crash near Norfolk, Va., while visiting friends. Kellermann had moved to North Carolina from Virginia about a year ago.
She was the type of person who made friends easily, and her cheerleading teammates and coach said they feel fortunate to have known her, even though their time together was cut short by a car crash.
"She always had a smile and she was always happy and laughing about something," friend Amanda Seferovich said.
As a freshman, Kellermann was already cheering on the varsity team.
"She just always was very positive," friend Tara Murphy said. "Even if we were having a bad day at practice, she was always upbeat and made us laugh. She was just so pretty and had so much going for her."
Her teammates gathered at their coach's house to remember the good times they shared with Kellermann.
"We're with each other a lot and they're just like sisters. So, it's a part of the family that's gone," coach Tobie Haskins said.
Her coach and teammates said Kellermann left her mark on the field.
"She was always very much into the game, always excited and always happy to be there," Seferovich said.
"She would come in smiling," Haskins said. "She was an uplifter of her teammates and always encouraged everyone to do their best."
And now the team will have to do its best to continue doing what Kellermann loved so much.
Virginia state troopers have not released information about the car crash.