UPDATE: Vigil held for Buckhannon-Upshur High School student

QUEENS, W.Va. (WDTV)-- UPDATE 10/14/2019 @ 11:00 p.m.

A service was held Monday night at the South Buckhannon Mission Church in honor of 16-year-old, Jenna Davis who died in a car wreck the previous night.

"There's a mom hurting, she lost her husband 6 months earlier and now she lost her daughter, what do you tell her?" asked the church's youth group leader, Jay Ketterman.

This same thought ran through the minds of every visitor that went to the South Buckhannon church to celebrate the life of Jenna Davis.

Davis was a member of the youth group at the church, and upon hearing the news, Ketterman knew something had to be done.

"As I sat and stared at the mother as she mourned the loss of her daughter, I said what would you do?"

This prompted a service to be held in Davis's name.

As the church began to fill up, Pastor Ed Lowther took the stage to give the first words.

"She had given her heart to Christ," Pastor Lowther said as he explained to the crowd that Davis was ready for this day as she was very close with her beliefs in Jesus Christ.

Ketterman went up after and thanked everyone for coming out and showing their love for their fallen friend.

"Thank you, thank you, everyone one of you for coming out tonight. I know we're here together."

Behind family members in the first pew, hundreds of Davis's classmates sat behind them as they too were in a state of shock and grief, especially Xyndra Pugt, who said Davis was her best friend.

"I never imagined living without my best friend...never thought I'd have to do it and here I am today, having to learn how to live without my best friend," Pugt said with tearful eyes.

Levi Tomey introduced himself as a close friend of Davis.

He said he became very close to Davis after they met on Facebook and that when he first heard the news, he thought it wasn't real.

"At first I thought I was being pranked, I thought it was a joke, and then it wasn't and so it was rough."

Pastor Ed Lowther said he knows everyone in attendance probably had the same question as to why this would happen.

But said bringing the community together to support the family, remembering Davis, and having faith in Jesus Christ (who he says knows the "why") is the best way to get through the hard times.

"That's what helps us through this," said Pastor Lowther.

A fundraiser has been created on Facebook titled "Passing of Jenna Davis medical/funeral funds" for donations towards the Davis family.

ORIGINAL
A 16 year old girl died in a crash on Cutright Chapel Road Sunday night, according to West Virginia State Police detachment in Buckhannon.

State Police say the single vehicle wreck happened around 7:46 p.m.

As troopers were investigating, it was determined that the car was traveling north when it went off the right side of the road's edge.

The vehicle slid over an embankment and rolled numerous times before coming to rest against two trees, according to State Police.

The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead on scene, according to State Police. She was identified as Jenna Davis.

Davis was a student at Buckhannon-Upshur High School. Principal Eddie Vincent says the news is very upsetting saying that the faculty, staff and students are taking the situation very hard.

"It's never a good thing to hear about but it's hit home and it's happened too much in this community and its a tough situation," Vincent said.

Vincent says Davis was a junior and was described as a bright and involved person .

"College-prep classes, she's also very involved in our FFA program," said Vincent. "Teachers here adored her and are upset."

According to Vincent, resources and counselling will be available for students and faculty who are grieving.

"Our student services department and our Upshur County crisis team are here setting up assistance for students along with community care and Appalachian mental health services," said Vincent.

Upshur County Schools Superintendent Dr. Sara Stankus says that now is an important time to come together as a school family to show love and care to those who are mourning.

"We just offer our prayers and thoughts to this family as they go through this unimaginable time," said Stankus.