Candlelight vigil held for teens hurt in Carson City crash

CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) -- Friends, family members, and people who didn't even know the high school students attended a candlelight vigil Sunday evening at McFadden Plaza. The vigil shut down part of downtown Carson.

"These are our children. These are our children," said a Carson City resident.

"We are all trying to be so positive and just try to remember they are still alive, they are still breathing," said Briana Foley, Carson High student.

Foley says she is friends with one of the girls involved.

"It's just so hard to believe somebody your own age, somebody you go to school with, somebody you're a student with… they are in a crash and they are hurt and they are in critical care and you don't know what to do about it," said Foley.

For this community, their world turned upside down on the night of November 9, 2017, as the SUV the seven teenagers were in rolled over on Kings Canyon Road.

"The injuries were very severe, very critical," said Ken Furlong, Carson City Sheriff.

Furlong says he arrived on the scene that night. The initial information released stated five of the teens were not wearing seat belts. The last official word was that two teens are suffering from life-threatening injuries and three are in critical condition.

The candlelight vigil was put together in a short span of time; Furlong says the community needed this.

"It is going to be the strength of this community and all of the children and all of the adults that is going to bring those prayers and strength back to the victims," said Sheriff Furlong.

The vigil allowed people to write messages to each of the teenagers and pray everything will turn out okay.

"You can live three weeks without food. You can live three days without water, but you can't live three minutes without hope. Keep the hope, keep the faith and love each other," said Angila Golik, Carson High teacher.