Funeral arrangements have been made for the teen girl killed Thursday in a church van accident along I-40 in Humphreys County.
14-year-old Mackenzie Turner was killed, and 11 others injured, three critically, when the youth members of Destiny Church in Columbia were returning from a sleepover in west Tennessee. The driver of the church van apparently lost control near Waverly in Humphreys County.
Doctors at Vanderbilt say Friday the teens who were badly hurt in the accident are improving. They are each listed in stable condition.
Now, the mother of Mackenzie Turner is preparing for her funeral. Friends say that she is beside herself with grief. Mackenzie was her only child.
Mackenzie's friends have fond memories of a delightful and artistic young woman. Bailey Tate and Mackenzie Turner were teammates on the Whitthorne Middle School softball team.
Bailey says she could hardly believe it when friends informed her that Mackenzie had died.
"She always had a positive attitude," Bailey said. "She was always there for you."
Bailey remembered Mackenzie as a thoughtful and artistic classmate. The school's mascot is a tiger, and Mackenzie illustrated one for last year's annual.
Chuck Killion's daughter was riding in one of the vans traveling back to Columbia and helped out at the scene. At his coffee shop in downtown Columbia, Killion was counting his blessings.
There will be a candlelight vigil at Whitthorne Middle School Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in honor of Mackenzie. The softball team will be there to present Mackenzie's uniform to her mother.
And a fund has been set up at Destiny Church for Mackenzie's funeral, which will be held Monday at 2:30 p.m. at Grace Church of the Nazarene in Columbia.
Donations are being accepted at: P.O. Box 8096 Columbia, TN 38402
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