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Loved Ones Pray For Teens Involved In Fatal Crash

Posted August 17, 2006 10:17 a.m. EDT

— A Johnston County car crash killed one teen and critically injured two others, less than a week before the start of class. On Thursday night, a Willow Springs church where the youngest victim is a member held a prayer service for all three.

On Tuesday, three West Johnston High School students were headed back to campus in a convertible after a volleyball team outing. Investigators said the driver didn't stop for stop sign and slammed into a pick up truck.

Emily Mya, 16, died in the crash. Melissa Willis, 16, remains hospitalized in serious condition, while 13-year-old Alyssa Heider is in critical condition.

Alyssa's father, Keith, left the hospital long enough to deliver a message at a prayer service for the three teens. New Hope Presbyterian is the Heider family's church, where Alyssa is actively involved. But the prayer service was for everyone united in grief and concern.

Friends, family, and many members of the volleyball team, on which all three victims played, came to the church to pray, comfort each other, and light a candle.

West Johnston High was scheduled to play in its first volleyball tournament this weekend, but the team has withdrawn from the event. A candlelight vigil is planned for Emily Mya at Friday night's football game.