Prayer vigil held in Franklin for five victims of SUV, semi collision

Posted at 1:20 AM, Oct 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-25 01:29:53-04

FRANKLIN, Ind. -- A community prayer vigil was held in Franklin Tuesday night for 17-year-old Emma Moore and four others who survived a collision between a semi and an SUV last week.

All five were on the minds of those at Grace United Methodist Church where people lit candles for each one of the victims. 

Moore is on life support.  The driver of the SUV, 32-year-old Kathleen Moore, and two passengers in the backseat, Elizabeth Bennet, 16, Aiden Smith, 16, were treated and released. Cynthia Lenkey, 16, also in the backseat, is still hospitalized from the crash.

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The community gathering was a chance to console and care for each other during this difficult time.

"The most important part for students is to reach out, know people are there caring about them and will support them. We may not have the answers, but we will support, guide and love them," said Dr. David Clendening, Franklin Community Schools Superintendent.

Dr. Clendening says counselors will be made available to students and staff at Franklin Community High School. He also suggests that if students see their classmates struggling to let an adult know.