On what would have been her 17th birthday, teammates, classmates, teachers, friends, and family gathered Thursday evening at LeBus soccer field to remember Kayla Poteet.
A junior at Harrison County High School, Poteet was killed in a car accident Monday, Nov. 24.
“I’ll never step on this soccer field without thinking of her,” Fillies assistant soccer coach Jeff Kinney said during the memorial service.
The Fillies varsity and junior varsity soccer teams played a scrimmage on the field before the service, in Kayla’s honor.
“This is where this service needs to be,” Kinney said, noting that Kayla had usually been the first to arrive at practices.
“I will remember her laugh most of all,” said Kayla’s Spanish teacher and friend, Melanie Fenton.
Fenton spoke of Kayla’s charm and charisma, that made her friends with everyone.
“Kayla was not a judgmental person,” Fenton said. “She socialized with everyone.”
It was because of her friendly personality, HCHS guidance counselor Donelle Judy said, that made others think more of Kayla than Kayla ever knew, a fact that explained a crowd of 100, despite the cold weather.
“I am so thankful for the time we shared,” said Judy, including dinners at Judy’s home where Kayla had discussed future plans of college and medical school with Judy.
The number ‘24’ was spray painted in the middle of LeBus Field, memorializing Kayla’s jersey number.
Those in attendance joined together at the ‘24’ for a candlelight vigil and closing prayer.