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Service for victims of Clay crash draws hundreds of churchgoers

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People gathered to remember the Kara Conley and the other victims involved in a Clay County crash People gathered to remember the Kara Conley and the other victims involved in a Clay County crash

A prayer service at Clay County High School that was intended to start the school year off in the right direction was transformed into a service to remember Kara Conley Wednesday night.

16-year-old Kara Conley was killed after a truck crashed in Clay County last week.  That crash injured ten others.

"God laid it out and intended for it to happen like it did," said Pastor Daniel Tanner of the Fola Missionary Baptist Church.  

At a time when prayer in schools is controversial, the people of Clay County say they're relying on it.

Turner said, "Churches are divided and we just wanted to have unity again."

Churches surrounding the town of Clay gathered at the school. 

"If nothing else, Clay Countians are resilient," said Principal Melinda Isaacs.  

Isaacs says the school is the perfect backdrop for a town that has been through their fair share of tragedy over the last year and a half.

Another student was lost just months ago.  Prior to that, the school served as the location for the visitation of two West Virginia State Troopers who were shot and killed in August of last year.

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But, this service is for Kara. 

Isaacs said, "We'll be helping our students deal with that, honoring her memory, and comforting her family.", 

An event that was meant to prepare students for the school year is now a time to celebrate a young life.  Tanner says it boils down to three important things, "Family, friendship, and love."

Friends of Kara Conley tell us they were proud to attend the event tonight.

Clay County schools start the upcoming school year on August 22.