Three Williamson County teenagers were killed last week after their car crashed on Carters Creek Pike. The community has since come out in support of their families.
Officials said 17-year-olds Adrian Williams and Nickell Whitson, and 16-year-old Anisah Bourriague were found inside a car that was submerged in a creek along Carters Creek Pike in Columbia just after 3 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Sources told NewsChannel 5 the three teens left a friend’s house just after 3 a.m. the same day. It was believed the car crashed while the teens were driving through Wednesday morning’s severe weather.
Family and friends paid their respects to Williams Monday night at Waters Funeral Home in Franklin.
"We used to hang out, (and have) phone conversations. He was always there for me," Williams' cousin Janiah Davis remembered.
Davis said her family was coming to terms with Williams' sudden death.
"The family is doing good. We're taking it day by day. It's hard right now, but we're good. He's in a better place," Davis said.
The three teens attended Centennial High School off Mallory Lane in Franklin. Whitson and Bourriague were involved with football and cheerleading.
"My youngest son was close to one of the students, very close to one of the students," said Brad Collier.
Collier was one of the parents organizing fundraisers to pay the funeral cost for the three teenagers.
"I think the mindset is pretty much, we can't help from an emotional standpoint, but we can definitely support and help elevate the financial burden of this tragedy," Collier explained.
Any amount of support will make a big difference for the families who are dealing with so much.
"It's really helping. It's taking a lot of the pressure, and distress off, because everyone's coming together and showing their love for him, and showing how we feel about it," Davis said.
Funeral Service for Whitson and Bourriague will be held later in the week.