Updated 03/15/2013 10:37 PM
Warwick High School senior killed in car crash
Warwick Valley High School and the community mourns the loss of a student killed in a crash in Virginia Thursday night. YNN's Meredith Zaritheny spoke with the principal and has more on how they're remembering the high school senior.
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WARWICK, N.Y. -- Students and staff at Warwick Valley High School mourned the loss of one of their own. High school senior Christina Ginley, 18, was killed in a car crash Thursday in Virginia while on the way to a soccer tournament.
"Christina was very, very popular student with us. She was the captain of the soccer team, a wonderful athlete, wonderful academic student in classes, one the nicest individuals you would ever want to meet from one of the nicest family's that you'd ever want to come upon," said Richard Linkens, Principal Warwick Valley High School.
About a dozen crisis counselors from across Orange County were brought in to help students cope with the loss of their fellow student and friend.
"The seniors felt a strong need to bond as a class and come together and they gathered in the senior hallway and they told some stories about Christina on the soccer field and in the classroom and through homecoming," said Linkens.
Principal Linkens says losing a student is always hard, but for him, it's especially hard because he's known Christina since she was a child.
"I remember playing soccer in the backyard with Christina when she was younger at family functions. She was a special person, as a friend, as a student, as a daughter and as a niece," said Linkens.
Despite the tragedy, students and staff and the community are coming together.
"We will come together as a community. We will stand shoulder to shoulder and we will see our way through this together," said Linkens
Students are planning a memorial for Christina, according to Principal Linkens, but are waiting out of respect for the family.
The driver of the vehicle Christina was riding in, Judith Guerico, 52, of Carmel, New York, has been charged with reckless driving.