Jenks community mourns the losses of sisters killed in car accident

Posted at 10:28 PM, Apr 22, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-22 23:28:15-04

JENKS, Okla. -- Over 200 Jenks students and community members gathered at the Redeemer Covenant Church Sunday night to honor and remember the two sisters whose lives were taken too soon.

"It just really hurts," said Ronard Atim, a sophomore at Jenks High School.

Hundreds of Jenks students are shocked, mourning the lives of two sisters killed in a car accident Friday night.

16-year-old Hannah McCleery was a student at Jenks High School, and her 11-year-old sister Madeline Shrinivas went to Jenks East Intermediate.

"I can’t imagine life without her so I just felt the need to be here and support everybody else," said Julian Clarke, a junior at Jenks High School.

McCleery was described by her peers at Sunday's memorial service as a person who would talk to anybody and light up a room. 

"There wasn’t a drop of hatred in her, she was a very nice person," said Logan Kelly, a sophomore at Jenks High School.

Friends of the 16-year-old say McCleery ran track at the high school and loved to dance.

"She would be like the only person that I would really talk to in that class, it’s hard to imagine that class now without her," said Atim.

Her younger sister Madeline held faith close to her heart and was very involved at Redeemer Covenant Church.

"Madeline was kind of the glue that held those 6th grade girls together, she wasn’t the loudest one but she was kind of the leader of the group," said Michael Wopsle, the Student Pastor at Redeemer.

The two girls were traveling Friday night with four other people in the car along highway 259 in McCurtain County.

According to the police report, while trying to turn left, the vehicle was struck by another car. The other four passengers were rushed to the hospital for treatment. According to the report the driver of the vehicle that hit them had an odor of alcohol. He was treated and released from the hospital.

"Yeah they were pretty close, they always said her sister was the photographer for her," said Clarke.

The students are hoping to carry on the way the girls touched their lives.

"Try to be nice to everybody I know just in spirit of her and I have her initials on my spikes," said Clarke.

Counselors will be available Monday at Jenks High School, Freshman Academy, Jenks East Intermediate, and Jenks Southeast Elementary.

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