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Hundreds mourn Huntsville teen killed in church bus crash

Published: Jun. 10, 2017 at 9:52 PM CDT|Updated: Jun. 12, 2017 at 11:33 PM CDT
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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - The Huntsville teen killed in the deadly Atlanta, Georgia bus crash was laid to rest on Monday.

17-year-old Sarah Lauren Harmening was memorialized at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Huntsville.

Hundreds of family members, friends and church members packed the church to remember the young, devout Christian. The congregation vowed to remember the words she texted to her sister in the hours leading up to the crash: "Life is not about us. It's about God, who is eternal."

Before she died, Harmening wrote that God had called her to spread his word. She also mentioned to her sisters that if she didn't make it back from the mission trip that she wanted her funeral to be a celebration. And she didn't want anyone wearing black.

Harmening was killed on her way to a mission trip when the church bus crashed in Atlanta last week. Several other people were hurt.

READ MORE: Student killed, multiple injured in Huntsville church bus crash in Atlanta

A grief counselor said many who were on that bus or knew Harmening may be dealing with post traumatic trauma and said to be alert for signs.

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