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Friends, family gather at vigil for Cabot girls killed in car crash
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CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) -- Friends and family gathered on Monday night for a prayer vigil at Cabot High School mourning the loss of four young women.

The women died in a car crash on Halloween night. The youngest was just 15-years-old.

Two of the four girls involved in the crash were students at Cabot High, and two others had just recently graduated.

Monday was everyone's first day back to class, and many said it was a rollercoaster of emotions.

"It was just very quiet and sad," said Callie Richard, a junior at Cabot High School.

That was the atmosphere at Cabot High School as friends and staff grieved the loss of four young lives taken far too soon.

"Even if you didn't know them personal you were still affected by it a lot," said Callie.

20-year-old Alexandria Simpkins and 19-year-old Codi Rice both graduated from Cabot High and 15-year-olds Sydney Shumate and Brooke Butler were in their junior year.

"She made friends pretty quick…she was well liked up here," said Cory Kubacak, who went to school with Brooke in Maumelle.

Brooke had just moved to Cabot few months ago and wasted no time making friends.

"That's how Codi and Lexi are, they just want to be friends with everyone," said Preston Jones, a graduate of Cabot High and former boyfriend of Codi.

Jones learned of the tragic news through a text message. His former girlfriend Codi was one of those killed.

"She could fill the room with laughter just like that she's just full of life."

It's a tragic loss for their friends still here who are struggling to understand.

"It will never be the same but we will have to put one foot in front of the other and just help each other," said Callie Richard.

The vigil was put on by New Life Church, the same church several of the girls attended.

No word has been released on what caused the crash. The accident report says the driver over corrected and hit a guardrail.

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