Madison Heights, VA - Hundreds packed the Monelison Middle School Gymnasium, for a candlelight vigil, remembering Kamryn Johnson, the eleven year old girl, killed in Madison Heights Friday, after she was hit by a pickup truck, while riding her bike.
Teachers, friends, and family came to mourn, but also celebrate the life Kamryn; and it all took place where the eleven year old was supposed to start school on Monday.
In the school where she was supposed to start the sixth grade, the hallways are a little darker, and the classrooms, a little quieter; but in the gymnasium, a crowd of hundreds to honor, and to remember that smile.
"I will always remember her beautiful smile. And they would light up the darkest of nights, her gorgeous smile" said Christi Horning, one of Johnson's former teachers.
After eleven year old Kamryn Johnson was struck and killed by a truck while riding her bike Friday night, teachers and those that loved that smile decided to honor her memory, with a vigil, complete with prayers, songs, and stories.
"We just felt like there was a need, there was a call, and we weren't going to miss the opportunity" said Kim Goins, the Monelison Middle School Counseling Director.
Goins remembers seeing Kamryn just last week, so excited for the start of school.
"We were talking about seeing each other on Monday, how exciting Middle School was going to be" she said.
But at Monelison Middle, a very different start to this school year.
"That thrill, and that exhilaration, it was somewhat missing" said Goins.
But during that vigil, in that gymnasium, smiles, remembering the little light that would have shone so bright.
"We will always be together close as a community, and never let her name die. She's a spirit, she's an angel, and we will always miss her" said Merredith Watkins, one of Johnson's teachers.
Everyone proceeded to light candles outside of the school. One teacher likened all those lights to the brightness of Kamryn's smile.
Deputies in Amherst County have not yet announced if the driver that struck and killed her is facing any charges.