A sea of students holding hands alongside Opelousas High School faculty and staff. That was the scene Monday morning at the OHS gym.
Everyone was gathered to remember 16-year-old Princess Washington, who was killed in a hit-and-run crash late Saturday night.
“Princess was such a beautiful spirit. She had a little smile that would light up a room and she was always kind to all the other students. Always had a kind word,” said Opelousas High Principal, Ricky Julien.
He said the impact of Washington’s death will be felt by many. “It’s going to affect not only the students, but it’s going to affect the community,” he said. “The teachers, the administration here. We all loved her and we’ll miss her.”
Opelousas city and religious leaders, as well as Washington’s family, were also at the memorial assembly.
Julien says he felt it was important to not only honor Washington’s memory, but also try to provide comfort for the students who are mourning.
“We always want to make sure that their mental health is just great as their physical health,” he said. “We want to make sure that our kids knew that they are loved and that they have people that they can talk to. We wanted to provide that for them this morning.”
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