Two victims of I-565 bus tragedy laid to rest

Two victims of I-565 bus tragedy laid to rest

Two tearful funerals Saturday, one day after the first victim of Monday's bus crash was laid to rest.

And, a fourth family is making plans to bury their daughter.

Family, friends, classmates, and members of our community have packed area churches to say goodbye to Nicole Ford, Tanesha Hill, Christine Collier, and Crystal McCrary.

The four young women were killed when their school bus plunged from an I-565 overpass in downtown Huntsville on Monday.

Services were held Saturday morning for Tanesha Hill.

The 17-year-old was just a few months from graduation, looking forward to college.

Classmates and family members talked about the amazing woman she was on her way to becoming.

Hugs and tears filled the church when family and friends thought about what kind of person Tanesha was.

Always smiling and care free, Tenesha touched everones life that she came in contact with.

"I went to school the next day and me and Tanesha shared first period together and I went in there and looked at her desk, hoping that she would just walk through the door," said one classmate.

With an empty desk in class it just wasn't the same without her.

While some believe "when it rains it pours" others know there is light ahead.

"I realize that behind every dark cloud there is a silver lining. We as a community must reap the good out of what has happened," said Madison County Commissioner Bob Harrison.

A community that came together when we needed it the most.

Kaletta Hill, Tynesha Hill's sister shared her thoughts about her sister: "Your room is now empty, and it's hard not seeing your face. But please know this; no one will ever take your place. You left without knowing, and could not even say good-bye. And I can't seem to stop asking myself the question, Why?".

Tanesha was a senior at Lee High School and would have graduated in May of 2007.

Later Saturday afternoon, hundreds packed the Union Chapel Missionary Baptist Church in to pay their respects to Christine Collier.

She's remembered as a kind person, with a gentle soul.

Someone who always wanted to help others.

Christine Ann Collier was born on February 5, 1990.

Throughout her 16 years here, she lived a life of love, laughter and service to others.

"A real nice lady; she never did anything to hurt nobody," one friend told us.

"I think she was a good friend," added another.

Christine was a sophomore who had a passion for cosmetology.

Adminstrators say the Lee High General excelled in her classes and school activities.

The good standing student was set to graduate May of 2009.

Although she won't see the stage after a tragic accident claimed her young life, friends and family know she's in a place like no other.

They write in her bulletin that: "God has sent her to a better place to shine. He has taken her home, where she has her wings and is flying so high."

Flowers surround a message board, graced with signatures of love and remembrance.

For a young lady whose kindness, heart and spirit touched so many lives.

This quote says it best: "If I can help somebody along the way, then my living will not be in vain."