FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Friends and family of Haley Nellum gathered Sunday afternoon to say goodbye to the teenager killed by a drunk driver just over a week ago.
Nellum’s viewing is being held 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.
Family members shared stories of how she loved to teach her younger nieces how to play volleyball and how she valued and cared for life so much that she wouldn’t even kill spiders.
“It’s just unreal that she’s already gone, and she was so young, and she had just gotten her license, and it was based off of somebody else’s mistake because she was driving safely, but it’s just hard,” Nellum’s niece, Teshlynn Shuttleworth said.
Haley Nellum, 17, was killed after a man speeding away from a shooting at a 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.
Bishop Dwenger High School announced school will be canceled on Monday for the 17-year-old’s funeral. Her funeral will be on Monday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church.
School officials said they canceled school Monday because a large number of students and staff want to attend Nellum’s funeral.