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Classmates mourn Arab High School student as death investigation continues

Belle Smith (Source: Facebook) Belle Smith (Source: Facebook)
Belle Smith (Source: Facebook) Belle Smith (Source: Facebook)
Belle Smith's classmates decorated he parking spot in her honor. (Source: WAFF) Belle Smith's classmates decorated he parking spot in her honor. (Source: WAFF)
ARAB, AL (WAFF) -

The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the death of a 16-year-old girl over the weekend.

The death occurred near Arab before 5 a.m. Saturday.

The girl's family identified her as 16-year-old Belle Smith. She was a junior at Arab High School.

The family says they are not ready to speak publicly at this time.

Sheriff's officials did not confirm where the death happened or any of the circumstances surrounding it. Smith's body has been taken to the Department of Forensic Sciences for an autopsy.

The county coroner is also involved. Both he and sheriff's officials say no further details will be released until that autopsy is completed. The autopsy results are expected to be released later this week.

Smith's death has had a hard impact on her friends and classmates. School faculty members said students coordinated and wore yellow in her honor on Monday. It was her favorite color.

"Judgement-free, kind-hearted, and just beautiful inside and out," said Smith's friend, Madison Anderson.

They held a vigil for her Monday night.

"I hope she knew all these people loved her and they would do anything for her," said Smith's third cousin, Kalei Casey.

"All of us together and all the support is going to get us through this because I know Belle is in such a happier place now. And if she's seeing this right now, she's just smiling down, the biggest smile you could ever imagine,"Casey said.

Arab High School's principal, Brad Cooper, said students all grieve differently, so they've had counselors and pastors at the school to help. 

"We contacted local pastors and local school and grief counselors. They're here this morning and throughout the day. Their focus is mainly on supporting our students and teachers as they grieve. So that's our main priority for today, and the rest of the week is just supporting our students and teachers," Cooper said.

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