Tishomingo mourns six high school girls after tragic car accident

TISHOMINGO — This small town forever will be touched by the lives of six girls.

Those who knew the girls recall how each was uniquely her own, and brought light and love wherever they went.

Six white crosses with the girls’ initials now stand at the site of the fatal accident that took their lives on March 22, where a tractor-trailer hauling gravel collided with the students’ Chevrolet Spark at the intersection of US 377 and State Highways 22 and 99.

The loss of the six girls rocked the town of 3,000, and news of the tragedy reached across the state and the nation.

‘Our hearts are broken’:Six high school students die in traffic accident near Tishomingo

The town gathered Friday for a candlelight vigil, and the high school closed every day this week except for Thursday so students could attend the girls’ funerals.

Tishomingo High School teacher and yearbook sponsor Lindsay McCarter wrote a long Facebook tribute to the “girl tribe” she said was different and “just so cool.”

From left are Gracie Machado, Brooklyn Triplett, Austin Holt and Madison Robertson in a photo taken by Tishomingo High School teacher and yearbook sponsor Lindsay McCarter.  The two other girls who died last week, Memory Wilson and AJ Gratz, are not pictured.

“They were the brave and bold teenagers I never was,” McCarter said. “They lived, laughed, loved extremely, out loud and in vibrant colors. That is what set them apart from so many.”

The obituary for one of the girls, Brooklyn Triplett, called the group of friends the “Tishomingo six” and said they lived “unapologetically and wholly.”

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