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Jasper teen killed in ATV accident on Easter

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JASPER, AL (WBRC) -

Thirteen-year-old Gracie Abbott is already sorely missed at Maddox Middle School in Jasper. Abbott died Easter Sunday after she was injured in an ATV accident.

She was riding the ATV with her cousins when it flipped and threw her off. The principal and teachers at Maddox Middle shared the news of her death with the school first thing on Monday morning.

"You know Gracie is just that special, special young lady, very happy, a lot of friends, always smiling, always looking for some kind of mischief to get into. But also a very Christian young lady, she really loved the Lord, she didn't mind expressing that to administrators and students," Maddox Middle principal Patsy Stricklin said.

Strickline said Gracie truly loved life, was very athletic, was a star volleyball player and an excellent student who also loved to have fun. She said her laughter was infectious.

"Everybody, they knew her laugh, she had this crazy laugh, and when you heard it, you'd know that was Gracie," Stricklin said.

Gracie also loved Cody Simpson, an Australian pop star. She even tweeted him a photo of herself with a sign saying she wanted to be his future wife.

Upon hearing the news of her death, Simpson tweeted, "heard the devastating news about an angel @future_simpson. breaks my heart up. wish I had the chance to spend more time with you. praying."

Stricklin said she's also praying for Gracie's family.

"I just grieve for the family, because I know how hard this is, but her mother says that their faith will get them through, and that's the way we all have to look at it, and feel," she said.

The principal says that she expects many of Gracie's fellow 8th graders will attend her funeral on Wednesday.

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