Candelight vigil held for victims of hit-and-run in Chippewa County

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Chippewa Falls (WQOW) –  Hundreds of candles and glow sticks gleamed brightly on Sunday night at Chippewa Falls Halmstad Elementary for the lost lives of three little girls scouts, and a mother. They were killed on County Highway P, a roadway adopted by the troop.

Two of the students attended Halmstad Elementary, and one student attended Southview Elementary. Another Halmstad student remains hospitalized in critical condition.

“We are blessed in this community by the outpouring of support,” said Sherry Jasper, a board member of the Girl Scouts of the Northern Great Lakes. “People are calling or texting or finding ways on how we can help. This was a tragic accident among our girls and our sisterhood.”

Jasper said she knew the girls who died, and spoke highly of their character.

“We teach them to do exactly what these girls were doing,” said Jasper. “They were out being safe. They were taking care of our community. They were making a difference in our world.”

William Gunderson of Eau Claire attended the vigil to pay homage.

“I don’t know them, but I don’t know what to say,” said Gunderson. “It’s a sad situation in life but it is part of life, but I’m here with my fiance to say God bless them.”

At a press conference earlier, Superintendent Heidi Eliopoulos of the Chippewa Falls Area School District, shared her appreciation for her community and everyone who helped.

“I want to thank everyone for their incredible support, especially our community. Chippewa Falls is a special place,” said Eliopoulos.

Related Story: Driver ran into Girl Scout troops was allegedly intoxicated

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