TROY, AL (WSFA) - People express grief in many ways. Some talk, some pray, some write. Teens who knew Brooke Ledford and Jami Alexis (Lexi) Pierce did all three at a remembrance service at Riverview Baptist Church. Both teens attended the church.
Before the service, friends and family wrote personal messages to the girls on colored balloons.
"I don't where to begin, you always made everything better," wrote Jordan Jacques, a friend. "I don't know what I'm going to do without you. I'm trying to be strong, because I know that's what you would want."
"Hey baby girl, I miss you," wrote Jojo Dickey, a friend. "It's so hard to believe you're not here with me anymore. I love you so much, you have no idea how much I miss you."
"Lexi, I love you so much, you are one of my best friends, you always listen and never judge me," said Elizabeth McKenzie, a friend. "I'm grateful that I had the chance to become as close to you as I did. You will always be missed and you will always have a special place in my heart."
Brooke and Lexi were killed just two miles from Brooke's grandparents' home. Those who knew Brooke gathered there to remember a girl with three loves: family, friends and God.
"Always smiling the most loving child, she never ended a conversation without saying I love you," said Christy Ledford Reeder, Brooke's aunt. "There was never a doubt in anybody's mind that Brooke loved them and you knew it every day."
"You were never around Brooke when you weren't laughing," said Aspin Maulden, a friend of Brooke's. "You might have been laughing because you were crying so hard."
After the service, the teens prayed over candles, and released their balloons; hoping their messages will be seen beyond the sky.
The girls attended Pike Liberal Arts School. Because of the crash, classes have been canceled for the remainder of the week. And exams have been canceled until after Christmas break. Funeral arrangements are still pending.