NOTTOWAY COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – Dozens of people gathered for an afternoon vigil to honor two teenagers who were killed in a car accident in Nottoway County on Friday night.
Layla Howard (16) and Kyasia Hill (17) died on the scene of their injuries.
Virginia state police said they responded to an accident at 10:35 p.m. on July 31. Police say the car Howard and Hill were in ran off the right side of Lone Pine Road, pulled into the lanes, and then ran off the road again before hitting a tree.
Kyasia Hill, 17, died in a car accident in Nottoway County. (Courtesy Photo by Yasmine Carter) PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Two teenagers killed in an accident in Nottoway County Friday night
Three other teenagers in the car, U’erica Paige (17), Jazmira Parrish (16) and the driver Naliza Foster (17), were injured and taken to hospital. Parrish was released on August 1st and is still healing from abrasions and neck pain. Foster and Paige are still in the hospital.
The families say that Naliza, U’erica, and Layla were all related while Jazmira and Kyasia were step-sisters.
On Sunday afternoon, people from all over the area came to the Railroad Park to remember Layla and Kyasia. They filled the park pavilion, hugged and told stories about the two girls.
Inita Casper, Layla’s mother, is planning the funeral of her 16-year-old daughter. It’s something the parents said she never thought she would.
“This is something I don’t want any parent, any parent,” said Casper. “I mean that was my baby. I will miss her smile, her laughter. “
Layla’s older sister, Kaira Howard, said every day is a memory for her.
Layla Howard, 16, (far right) died in a fatal accident in Nottoway County. (Courtesy photo of Latayia Hill)
Lakeisha Parrish, Kyasia’s mother, told 8News at the vigil on Sunday that she will miss her daughter so close by her side.
“Bring me candy so I can’t get the text message that says ‘Mama’. Or mom, when do you get off? Or I hear her calling me at work. FaceTiming me at her job, ”Parrish said. “I’ll miss that.”
Friends also expressed desperation over the loss of Kyasia.
“She was one of my closest friends, everyone said we looked the same and I helped her with everything, even when we got into trouble because of the little things in class,” said Yasmine Carter, a friend of Kyasia. “I loved her so much, my Kyky.”
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