Today was a hard day back for students and staff at Tift County High School after learning a junior there, Macy Mathis, died from injuries she suffered in a car crash.
Her boyfriend, 18-year-old Adam Sattler, was killed in that wreck.
The community is now mourning two young people taken too soon.
School was much quieter today.
The students I spoke with only wanted to talk about Macy and how they were honoring her.
Macy was extremely involved in the choral department.
Her family has found a way to continue her legacy while also helping other students.
A tragic accident took the lives of two young people, one of those was Macy Mathis, a 16 year old junior at Tift County High School.
"It's a little confusing when you come back and don't really know how to carry on."
Macy was actively involved in chorus class.
"She was involved in every performing group that we have from middle school up. She was a part of all of them."
Rains said it was a hard day. Her classmates came in with heavy hearts.
"Macy was friends with everybody. I don't know anybody who didn't get along with Macy. Great performer, great attitude, great student. Can't ask for much more than that if you're a teacher."
Her family has asked, instead of flowers, to send a monetary donation to the choral department in Macy's honor.
"We've all been blessed to have known Macy and have her in this program throughout the years."
They will hold a Christmas concert in 2 weeks. The only thing that students want to do at that concert is honor their friend and classmate the best way they know how.
"I asked the kids today, what if it were them instead of Macy. What would you expect the choir to do in your honor? The first response was get closer and spend more time together. Appreciate the time that we do have," said Rains.
The funeral is tomorrow at 5 pm at Journey Church in Tifton.
All monetary donations can be sent to Tift County Choral Parents Association at PO Box 7096 Tifton, GA 31794.