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Friends mourn Northwest High teen killed in crash

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Friends and church family lifted up the life of Shyann Hooper, who was killed Monday in a car crash, at a vigil on Wednesday night.

Her friends shared the stage at Aurora Baptist Church, where Hooper attended for the past three years, recalling memories of the 16-year-old.

Her best friend, Marley, said she will miss everything about Hooper.

"I can't remember any dull moments," said Marley. "She hated dull moments, and she would always…she loved to laugh, and she loved to make people laugh, and she did every single day."

Hooper was killed when the car she was driving was hit head on by a driver who lost control on the ice. Hooper's friend and passenger with her at the time, Brianna Christensen, was seriously injured, and is now recovering from brain surgery.

While Christensen did not attend the same church as Hooper, the memorial was filled with prayers for her recovery.

Abby Tracy, one of Hooper's friends, says that Hooper's spirit is what spurred many friends on Twitter to use the hashtag, #SmileLikeShyann.    

"I'm gonna miss her laugh and I'm gonna miss how she was always the one that was crazy, and she always made everyone in a better mood and she put me in a better mood," said Tracy. "And I'm just gonna miss that."

Students at Northwest High School also held a prayer circle Wednesday before school. It was their first day back at class since the accident.

There was an impressive show of support in the hallways of the high school for both Hooper and Christensen.

Both girls played for the school's varsity basketball team. They were leaving their first day of track practice when the accident happened.

Students wearing orange shirts and ribbons gathered before class for a prayer and then listened to a message from their principal.

A friend of Hooper's said he's still trying to make sense of what happened.

"I hope that we'll all realize that she is in a better place, that she is watching over us and she's happier over there," said Andrew Comark.

Students also posted pictures on Twitter of a flower on Hooper's desk.

DPS was back out at the scene of the crash Wednesday afternoon, marking spots on the roadway that will be a part of its investigation.

So far, DPS has said bad weather conditions contributed to the crash.

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