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Hundreds attend funeral for Neola teen killed...

Posted at 6:17 PM, Mar 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-29 19:17:44-04

Classes were canceled for Tri-Center students so they could attend the funeral of classmate Gage Williams who was killed last week in a car accident. 

Williams was in the car with three other friends when it flipped into a ditch, the others made it out with minor injuries.

Classmates filled into Tri-Center High School to say goodbye, they call it another step in the healing process.

“The school as a whole is coming together really well over this, after the initial shock, we have come together really well and I think this is a bit of final closure for everybody,” said Senior Jonathan Bladt.

He said the support within the school and the community is getting everyone through this tough time, “parents, coaches, staff, faculty, the entire community is coming together over this, which is one of the great things about small towns.”

Friends described Williams as the person to always make everyone smile, and was always happy to help you with anything.

Linda Kline said the community is trying to rally around the Williams family and give them any type of support they need.

“The mom Julie, she is an amazing woman. She has the best outlook on life and I think Gage was a lot like her,” she said.

That spark not forgotten, as hundreds followed Williams to his final resting place, “It was emotional but it was needed I think. It made everybody feel better that they saws so many people to send him off,” said Bladt.

A Go Fund Me has been set up to help the Williams family.