NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Students and educators At Hume-Fogg Academic High School paused to remember a classmate who was tragically struck and killed by a semi-truck in downtown Nashville.
The last day of classes before Christmas break was spent remembering a young girl not with their words but their actions.
She was only a block from school when the 17-year old was struck and killed by a truck. While the investigation is underway, Elena Zamora's peers are making sure to honor her.
"She was really friendly and she was dedicated, and she cared about everything," said Kaniesha Whatley, who used to run track with Zamora.
People have left flowers, candles, notes, and small gifts at a growing memorial in front of the school, only a day after Zamora was hit and killed while crossing Church Street near Rosa L. Parks Boulevard by a semi-tractor trailer Thursday afternoon.
Not only were extra grief counselors on hand at the school Friday, but a team of counselors with the Metro Nashville Police Department went the scene of the incident Thursday to comfort those who witnessed the horrific accident, including children.
"One of the things we know is that when it comes to children, it actually physically affects the physical development of their brains, so it's even more important as kids that they get that help immediately," said Carol Harp, the Metro Police Psychologist.
Many students said it's hard to believe when they return from their holiday vacation, Elena Zamora won't be with them at Hume Fogg.
Hume Fogg's Principal, Dr. Kellie Hargis, released this statement:
"The Hume-Fogg community joins in grief with the family of 11th grade student Elena Zamora. The loss of a child is perhaps the greatest loss of all, and it is especially difficult during this time of year. Elena was a talented scholar and athlete; a bright, beautiful young lady who will be terribly missed by everyone who knew her at Hume-Fogg."
At this time, the truck driver, Troy Devitt has not been charged, but Police said the District attorney is reviewing the police report to see if charges will be filed at a later time.
Students in the Academy of Energy and Power at Maplewood are busy getting ready for next week's Project Expo and had the opportunity to show it off some of their projects to Tennessee Congressman Jim Cooper.