Hundreds Gather In Memory Of Two Local Teens
MOORESVILLE, NC- Embrace life.
That’s the simple message hundreds learn from the deaths of two local teens.
Police, friends and family searched for Jake Ziegler and Ray Pierce along I-20 for two weeks to bring the boys home - only to find them dead in Jake's car last week.
Family and friends gathered for an emotional memorial service on Saturday.
"I know I didn't bring them home like I wanted to, but I hope that he knows that I didn't stop at anything to bring him home," Jacalyn Ziegler, Jake’s sister.
With the embrace of loved ones and shoulders to cry on, the families say it's time for closure.
"You couldn't sleep at night because we were wandering, but now we can start the healing process and learn to live life the way Jake would have wanted me to," said Ziegler.
For some of the boy's classmates, it's her first time dealing with tragedy.
"You know that they're in a better place but that doesn't make you feel any better. You want them back sitting beside you making you laugh when you have a bad day," said Cassidy Peeler, a Bandy High School student.
"I think it puts everybody back to a grounded reality that no one is promised a tomorrow and everyone's life is fragile," said Tim Woody, Bandy’s High School principal.
More than 400 people wrote prayers and messages, attached them to balloons, and then released them after the service.