FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) 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.
Her funeral started Monday, April 7 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Charles Catholic Church. Bishop Dwenger High School canceled school on Monday to allow staff and students to attend.
The man accused in her death, 35-year-old Jeremy D. Washington, faces eight charges, including reckless homicide and causing death while operating a motor vehicle.
NewsChannel 15 spoke with some of Haley’s close friends. It’s easy to see how much of an impact she has made in her short time here.
“She just loved seeing smiles on people’s faces and that just put a smile on her face. She always put people before herself,” friend Kevin Mohamad said.
“She was always happy, a lot of enthusiasm towards people, always smiled,” friend Carl Williams said.
Friends say 17-year-old Haley Nellum was an awesome point guard for the lady saint’s basketball team. Her fellow teammates wore their jerseys and khakis to her funeral Monday. Haley’s family and friends are heartbroken by the loss but want those in the community to reflect on the wonderful life she led.
“Don’t be sad for why she is gone, be happy of what a good and successful short life had. Like you saw, the church was packed. So, everyone knew and loved her and that’s what you have to be most thankful for,” Mohamad said.
Haley’s friends say although she is gone, she’ll forever be in their hearts.
“She will be missed but right now she is with God,” Williams said.