LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Friends of a 13-year-old girl killed in a car crash honored her memory Sunday at a fundraiser at PRP Skate Zone to help raise money for her family to pay for funeral expenses.
Close to 300 friends crowded the PRP Skate Zone to raise money for Raven's family. Last weekend, Raven and her brother, Chase, were in a red Pontiac Firebird driving east on Old Third Street when police officers said they lost control and crashed into a van. Investigators believe slick roads may have contributed to the accident.
"Raven was always smiling and when she came into a room she just - she was just happy and never had nothing wrong with her, and if she did, she always let it go," said Raven's friend, Marissa Weaver.
Marissa says she and Raven drew close during the summer.
"Me and Raven were pretty close," Marissa said. "And I just felt like this was something I could do."
"It means a lot," said Payden Halbauer, one of Raven's many friends. "It means a lot of people miss her and love her and stuff. I'd give the world for her to come back."
Payden says she has a lot of good memories of her friend, Raven.
"On Easter, my mom would buy us chocolate bunnies, and I ate mine so fast my stomach hurt," Payden said. "And we went to her house, and we'd hang out a lot. And I miss her so much."
PRP Skate Zone President David Gillock made the rink available for the fundraiser. He wanted to make sure Raven's friends had a place to go.
"It's hearbreaking, it really is, to see all the kids," Gillock said. "We're here to help the kids of the community, and that's what we're here for."
The skating rink raised money all week, culminating with Sunday's fundraiser. Organizers said they raised $1,704, which will pay for funeral expenses and other costs.
Raven's brother, Chase, who was driving that night, remains at University Hospital where he was listed in fair condition Sunday night.