Funeral set for Dwenger student killed by drunk driver

Family and friends remember Haley Nellum who was killed by a drunk driver last year.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The funeral plans for a 17-year-old student who was killed by a drunk driver early Saturday morning have been announced.

Haley Nellum, 17, was killed after a man speeding away from a shooting at Fort Wayne bar ran a red light and crashed into her car. Jeremy D. Washington, 35, is now facing eight charges, including reckless homicide and causing death while operating a motor vehicle.

Nellum was a guard on the varsity girl’s basketball team at Bishop Dwenger High School. Nellum’s mother told NewsChannel 15 on Sunday that her daughter had only had her license for eight days and was coming home from a friend’s house when she was killed.

According to Dwenger’s principal, Nellum’s funeral will be on Monday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles. The viewing will be on Sunday from 2 to 9 p.m. with a vigil service at 8:30 p.m. at D.O. McComb & Sons Funeral Home on Maplecrest Road.

Bishop Dwenger High School will also be opening the school on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Campus Ministry will be at the school on those days for anyone who is seeking counseling. The following release was sent out about the services available at high school:

BDHS will offer support during this very difficult and sad time as we grieve the death of Haley Nellum. The school will be open Tuesday, April 1 from 9 am – 3 pm, and Saturday, April 5 from 12 – 3 pm. Our Campus Ministry will be open to anyone who needs to simply talk and/or seek counseling. We ask that students bring pictures of Haley with them to create a memory book for the Nellum Family. We will also have Erin’s House staff in our school all day on April 7 and 8.

 If you need someone to help your student with their grieving, and are unable to use the services provided at BD this Tuesday or Saturday, you may contact Erin’s House directly, at (260)423-2466. 


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