By Jasmine Shirley Despite the cold wind and chilly temperature, over a hundred people gathered in front of Lincoln High School Thursday night, Nov. 17, 2011, for a candlelight vigil in memory of LHS senior Cayliss Mothershed who died in a car accident on Monday afternoon. Photo Gallery Here The crowd braved the weather with
By Jasmine Shirley
Despite the cold wind and chilly temperature, over a hundred people gathered in front of Lincoln High School Thursday night, Nov. 17, 2011, for a candlelight vigil in memory of LHS senior Cayliss Mothershed who died in a car accident on Monday afternoon. Photo Gallery Here
The crowd braved the weather with lit candles, flowers, memories, and many stories of Mothershed filling the air with laughter.
“It brought back memories,” Greenwood said. “We cried, but I felt like it was more relaxing. It was great how many people showed up to support or knew her. It means a lot to the people like me, who set it up, and her family, too.”
“People coming together, I think that really helps in the healing process,” English teacher Isau Metes said.
This candlelight was put together by LHS senior Mercedes Greenwood and LHS graduate Kameron Neeman. The weather was cold but the environment was cheerful and loving.
“Tuesdays vigil [at Antelope Park] was more about mourning the loss of Cayliss whereas Thursday’s vigil was about accepting her loss and cherishing her memory,” explained senior Michael Staley.
Savanna Smith and Mercedes Greenwood are also holding a fundraiser for Mothershed and the passenger of the accident, LHS senior Gia Ryles. To help get money they sold flowers at the vigil Thursday and put donation jars in Social Studies teachers Mandy Peterson’s and Bob White’s rooms, English teacher Isau Metes’ room, the Counseling Center, and the Main Office. The fundraiser will continue next week also.
Super C is also accepting donations along with South Street Barber Shop. Campus Life sponsor Jason Hawkins’ church is donating a Thanksgiving dinner to Mothershed’s family.
One point that was made at Thursday’s candlelight was that this tragedy should not make you sad, it should allow us to recognize how beautiful of a person Mothershed was and all the amazing memories people shared with her.
“She was just happy,” said Metes. “…always bright. Her favorite colors were neon everything which shows how bright her spirit was.” Metes added.
The image of candles flickering in the air showed just how many people shared thoughts for Mothershed and the family.
Visitation will be 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday at Butherus, Maser and Love Funeral Home, 4040 A Street, Lincoln.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the Christ Temple Church, 500 N. 25th Street, Lincoln. The family will be present to greet friends from 6-8 p.m.
Food donations are still being accepted and should be taken to Christ Temple Church at 10 am. on Saturday.
Memorials are to go to the family. People can bring them to funeral service or mail them to Christ Temple Church and specify Cayliss Mothershed Memorial Fund.