Friends remember two Jenks girls killed in car accident
JENKS, Okla. (KTUL) -- The Jenks community is mourning the death of two girls.
Hannah McCleery, 16, and her younger sister Madeline Shrinivas, 11, were killed in a car accident on Friday night.
"It just really hurts," friend Ronard Atim said.
But the two will most certainly never be forgotten.
"Every time I was around [McCleery], she would like bring up your day, she would make your day," Atim said.
In her short years, she made a lasting impact on so many.
"I could definitely tell she had something different about her," friend Logan Kelly said. "She was kind and loving."
Kelly is a sophomore at Jenks, just like McCleery.
He and hundreds of other students, teachers, parents and friends met at Redeemer Covenant Church in Jenks to remember McCleery and her little sister.
"There will be a hole in the school, or at least in our sophomore grade, not having her here anymore," Kelly said.
He first met McCleery at a birthday party a few years ago.
"She made the party worth going to, it was a joy," Kelly said.
Her friends say McCleery loved to dance and run track, and you would never catch her without a smile.
"She is probably one of the happiest people I have ever met," friend Julian Clarke said. "I've never heard a negative thing come out of her mouth."
Now he will rely on his memories of McCleery to make him smile.
"I could be having a bad day and I go talk to her and it was automatically better," Clarke said.
McCleery loved her friends and family, especially her little sister.
"They were pretty close," Clarke said.
Shrinivas was just eleven with a lot of life still left to live.
"They always said her sister was the photographer for her," Clarke said.
Shrinivas' youth minister, Michael Wopsie, sent us a statement about Shrinivas:
We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Madeline and her sister, Hannah. Faith was an extremely important part of Madeline's life and she had a way of bringing people together by showing love to everyone. She connected with people in a way not many kids possess. She was loved by many at our church and she will be missed by many. We will always remember Madeline, her heart for others and her deep love for her Savior.
Both will be greatly missed.
Counselors will be at the Jenks Public Schools on Monday for any students or teachers who need to talk.