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Hundreds attend vigil in Sandy honoring teens killed in car crash

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Posted at 9:24 PM, May 22, 2015
and last updated 2015-05-22 23:31:00-04

SANDY, Utah -- Candles in hand, hundreds gathered in Sandy Friday to say goodbye to two teenagers lost in a car accident on Wednesday night. Cheyenne Bagley, 16, and Hunter Kelson, 17, died when their car was hit along 700 East in Sandy.

"She was beautiful, she was a very loving person," said Brent Johnson, Cheyenne Bagley's stepfather.

Family members say this moment, a gathering of so many lovely faces, is needed for everyone's healing. It's also a chance to send a message toward the heavens.

"I know that she's up there, smiling and watching all of us celebrate her life because she had to go at such an early age," said Kyli Bott, Cheyenne's aunt.

She describes Cheyenne as a loving person, full of silly antics. Her niece, she says, loved to dance and to pull others into her joy.

"Cheyenne and her best friend Hunter, they were dance, dancers for Hillcrest High together," she said.

For two families and countless others gathering on this cloudy Friday night, it's goodbye way too soon.

"Love every moment that you have with your family and your loved ones," Johnson said. "Even the times when they make you angry, when you just want some time to yourself, whatever, just love those moments because at least you have somebody."

The vigil comes after students at several Utah schools wore green, Hillcrest High School's main color, Friday in honor of the two teens.

GoFundMe accounts have been established for each teen. Click here for the page for Cheyenne and here for the page for Hunter.